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4.0 out of 5 stars Good local study, 22 Mar 2014
Chris Baker "The Long, Long Trail man" (Leamington Spa, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Cardiff & the Vale in the First World War (Paperback)
This is a good, readable little book on Cardiff, the ports of Penarth and Barry, and the towns and villages of the Vale of Glamorgan during the period of the Great War. At only 89 pages it is not an in-depth analysis but provides some very good historical background to the area and examines its experience during the war years. In some ways, that experience was typical: the war initially disrupted trade; many businesses were affected by men joining the armed forces; the local people came under the constraints of increasing government controls and faced personal tragedies as the casualties mounted; and the level of economic activity grew again as the ports, mines, farms and local trade were increasingly focused on war production. Such things did not affect all areas equally or in the same ways, and the area covered by the book is an interesting microcosm in that it comprised bustling Cardiff with its rather grimy coal docks; Penarth and Barry, also coal docks but at the same time seaside resorts; and the rural farmland of the Vale. "Cardiff & the Vale in the First World War" provides good examples and context of how the war affected each of these differing areas. The raising of Kitchener's Army in the shape of the "Cardiff Pals" receives good coverage, and there are chapters on Penarth pier, the coal ports, war on the home front and the personalities and notable people of the area. It is well illustrated and for anyone with connections to the area or South Wales in general it will certainly be worth reading.

The cover price of £14.99 strikes me as rather high for a paperback book of this scale, but it is nicely produced, printed in colour and is likely to be available at a discount at some of the online retailers. I understand that it is also available in an e-book edition.
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