In this short, accessible book, Gwynor Evans, Plaid Cymru's first MP, sets out his historical case for Welsh freedom. The book itself is good for the politics, but the casual reader will have to be very careful of the history. In several cases of what I can only describe as poor proof-reading, Evans makes serious errors of fact. The account of Lloyd George and Cymru Fydd is, for example, highly misleading and inaccurate, apparently based on a poor reading of a single newspaper's account of it's collapse. That said, Gwynfor Evans' insistence on historical, not economic or merely political reasons for Wales' claim to National status is well worth reading. After more than 50 years in the service of the Welsh Nation, Evans has come to know what others must in their turns come to realise. The case for a nation's freedom cannot rest on emphemeral factors such as influence at Westmister or which party is in power in London (or Cardiff Bay). In showing that, contrary to Engels, Wales is an historic nation, Gwynfor Evans does almost as much service to his country as he did at Westminster.
on 5 April 2015
Providing an interesting historic account of the emergence and birth of the Welsh nation, this book attempts to link the historic evolution of Wales with the 'oppression' of the Welsh people. While Evans' account of the development of the Welsh nation is interesting and compelling, the accuracy of his historic claims are often highly questionable, and his narrative of the Welsh as a people oppressed by 'the English' is at times shameful. Essentially this book is Evans' attempt to link the history of Wales with his justification for a particularly narrow-minded Welsh nationalism which is an embarrassment to genuine pride in the most beautiful country in the world. For anyone looking for an interesting historic account of the development of Wales as a nation, this book may be worth a look, but there are far better accounts out there. For anyone looking for an insight into the political ideology and motivations of some of the older members of Plaid Cymru, this book is worth a read, but don't put too much stock in the historic claims.
on 21 August 2012
A passionate, informed history of the Welsh people and the continuous fight for the survival of its language and culture in the last 1000 years. The authors enthusiasm and knowledge, coupled with a concise and accessible style, ensure an entertaining and educating read
on 5 April 2008
Having lived in wales for 30 years I must say this book is some of the worst disguised Plaid Cymru tripe I have ever seen. It pretends to be a book on Welsh history but ends up being a Welsh rant that insults the Welsh and English alike. There are many Welsh history books that are leagues ahead of this one. It is almost a tabloid nationalist pamphlet...actually, that is exactly what it is. Absolute rubbish.