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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (18 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521530717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521530712
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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'A Concise History of Wales has the potential to reach a readership well beyond the academic community.' H-Albion

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This volume presents an accessible account of Wales from Neanderthal times to the present. Geraint Jenkins explores the emergence of Wales as a nation, and its changing identities and values. This beautifully illustrated guide will appeal to students, general readers, and travellers to Wales.

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Sometimes a book provides exactly what I am looking for, and this was ceratinly the case here. I had been on the lookout for a readable one volume history of Wales, as background to the family history I am researching.I bought this hopeful looking title with some trepidation, as there was a chance it would prove dry and tedious, filled with obscure names and dates, leaving the reader none the wiser after spending hours trying to understand the main themes.Right from the first chapter, Geraint Jenkins enthralls, with eight well planned chronological chapters, arranged around a series of interesting themes.There is a good balance between political, social, cultural and linguistic issues, and a useful bibliography to support each chapter. Unfortunately, the decision not to reference the text with footnotes in the usual way, but to include as an additional section 'Sources of quotations'does not work as well, in my opinion, as the author and editorial team might have hoped, at least for this reader. It does, however, mean that the text can be read without reference to the sources, if this is the reader's wish. The index is not, perhaps, as thorough as I would have wished. For example,on page 196 there is a photograph by John Thomas, and a caption describing his travels around Wales to photograph both celebrities and humble people, accompanied by an example of his work. I enjoyed looking at this, and wondered if one of our own family photographs is by this photographer.Later I looked in vain for a reference to John Thomas or photography in the index, though I quickly found the item, flicking through to find it.This book will now be the reference companion for my own exploration of Welsh history.Read more ›
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The best lecturer I ever had at Aber. He was demanding as a tutor and sorted the men from the boys with his 'Puritanism and Radicalism Course' but very entertaining as a lecturer and those 5:00pm slots on a dark wet Monday night in November were made all the more agreeable from the content and style of his work.

Met him at the Liberty at a recent home game, first time I've seen him in 23 years. Diolch yn fawr iawn i chi Geraint
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HASH(0x8f35eda4) out of 5 stars A handful of black-and-white illustrations grace this thoughtful overview 12 May 2007
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Written by Geraint H. Jenkins (Director of the University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies), A Concise History of Wales is a compilation of up-to-date historical research as well as current discussions concerning Wales and what it means to be Welsh. The result is a thorough chronicle of the history of Wales and Welsh people from 383 to 2006 A.D. Of particular interest is the methods by which the Welsh resourcefully preserved their culture and heritage despite Anglo-Norman conquest, pestilence, volatile economic fluctuations, and more. A handful of black-and-white illustrations grace this thoughtful overview, researched with the meticulous exactitude worthy of scholars yet accessible to lay readers as well.
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A great book for, as the title says, a concise history of Wales. We are travelling there soon, and this has given me a greater appreciation for the people and the country Very quick delivery, and "pristine" condition
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present for history buff who loved it.
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