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Cornwall: A History Paperback – Illustrated, 12 Dec 2017

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  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: University of Exeter Press; New Revised and Updated edition (19 Dec. 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859890279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859890274
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 22.9 cm
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Philip Payton is the leader of a new generation of historians exploring Cornwall s ambivalent position within the English state, and questioning the view of Cornwall as just another English county . In this book he argues the case for the Cornish as a separate Celtic people, fully deserving a history of their own, and amply succeeds in his stated aim of bringing that history to the widest possible audience. --Professor Mark Stoyle, University of Southampton

It is a key text for anyone working on the history of the Celtic nations, peoples and languages and a very valuable addition to the literature on modern British and Irish history, especially given the increasing tendency to adopt a four nations approach investigating the multiple national and ethnic cultures of the British Isles. As Cornish studies has seen such significant expansion in terms of research outputs and new perspectives in recent years I am sure a new edition that could take these things into account would be extremely valuable. --Christopher Williams, Professor of History, Cardiff University

Reviews of the first edition 1996: The publication of his sumptuously illustrated book should help to ensure that the neglected question of Cornish identity at last begins to receive the wider scholarly attention which it deserves. (Mark Stoyle, Professor of Early Modern History, University of Southampton) Awesomely researched... the essential book for anyone who loves the county. The Observer Payton brilliantly brings together myth, fact, people, places, events...gripping. The Times Will rank among the classic books on Cornwall, if not the finest ever published. Western Morning News One of the most comprehensive studies (by one of the most learned scholars) of Cornwall and the nature of Cornish identity ever undertaken. --Cornwall Today

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Philip Payton is Emeritus Professor of Cornish & Australian Studies in the University of Exeter and Professor of History at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and the former Director of the Institute of Cornish Studies, University of Exeter. He edited Cornish Studies, published annually from 1993-2013, the only series of publications that seeks to investigate and understand the complex nature of Cornish identity, as well as to discuss its implications for society and governance in contemporary Cornwall.

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