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Labour's Crisis:Plaid Cymru, The Conservatives, and the Decline of the [Hardcover]

Andrew Edwards

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5 Sep 2011
While the rise and success of the Labour party in Wales during the twentieth century has received a significant amount of attention from historians, this is the first book to provide an in-depth analysis of its fragility and decline during the post-war period. Focussing on the understudied political terrain of north-west Wales the book explores the social, cultural and economic factors that undermined Labour s popularity and led to its defeat at the hands of both Plaid Cymru and the Conservative party. The book also challenges some popular myths in Welsh political history, notably the reasons for the rise of nationalism in the 1960s and 1970s, and the limitations of the Conservative party s reputation as the English party in Wales .

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: University of wales Press (5 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708324258
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708324257
  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,916,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This groundbreaking study, firmly grounded in the rich archival sources, printed material and personal interviews, greatly deepens our understanding of the seismic political transformation which occurred in Gwynedd in the 1960s and 1970s. During this crucial period Plaid Cymru rapidly grew in influence and soon came to supplant the Labour Party as the key political player. The book examines the politics of the parties and attempts an explanation as to why Plaid Cymru succeeded - perhaps agianst the odds. It certainly has a relevance and a resonance beyond Wales'. - Dr J. Graham Jones, Director of the Welsh Political Archive, the National Library of Wales --Dr J. Graham Jones, Director of the Welsh Political Archive, the National Library of Wales

Labour's Crisis makes a significant contribution to British, and, as Edwards asserts in his closing paragraph, even international, political historiography. It provides a missing piece of a complex jigsaw puzzle. In so doing it enriches our understanding of the relationship between the centre of the British state and its rural, linguistically and culturally distinct north-west Welsh periphery . What Andrew Edwards has provided is an extremely valuable building block. --Dr Martin Wright, Reviews in History

About the Author

Andrew Edwards is lecturer in modern Welsh and British history at Bangor University. Dr Edwards earned his BA in History and MA in Labour History at Bangor and went on to study for his PhD at the same institution. He has published numerous articles and essays on various aspects of Welsh Labour and nationalist history and recently worked on a major project which focused on the history of Welsh devolution, 1885-2001.

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