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Stretching from the Ice Ages to the present day, this masterful account traces the political, social and cultural history of the land that has come to be called Wales Spanning prehistoric hill forts and Roman ruins to the Reformation, the Industrial Revolution and the series of strikes by Welsh miners in the late twentieth century, this is the definitive history of an enduring people a unique and compelling exploration of the origins of the Welsh nation, its development and its role in the modern world This new edition brings this remarkable history into the new era of the Welsh Assembly....

Title : A History of Wales
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ISBN : 0140284753
Format Type : Paperback
Language : English
Publisher : Penguin Books Revised edition June 22, 2007
Number of Pages : 736 pages
File Size : 889 KB
Status : Available For Download
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A History of Wales Reviews

  • JH
    2019-02-14 10:03

    If I have any pet peeves about the many history books I read, it is a history book where the author wishes to name a plethora of historians with which to argue or agree. There are enough names in Welsh history to wrap one's head around without mentioning all these other non-historical, non-Welsh names. Mentioning these other people is fine for footnotes, etc. Also, this is a turgid read. I am still looking for a great book on Welsh history that is not quite so turgid and difficult to follow. Recommendations welcomed!

  • Wonder Woman
    2019-02-12 11:39

    I learned on that so many of my people are from Wales! I found this book, and a BOATLOAD of my ancestors are in there. Very, very interesting book. The writing flows pretty well too. The amount of barbaric stuff that happened throughout history is just shocking, wow.

  • Adam M. Townsend
    2019-01-18 08:52

    Good info. Too broad a survey. There were lots of historical characters and incidents I wanted a lot more detail on that the author glossed over to keep the chronology moving along. Good if you're looking for a survey of Welsh history.

  • JB1976
    2019-02-13 10:04

    A surprisingly well written history of a fascinating region. Davies cannot, of course, cover the entire history in any depth but what he chose to highlight was, well, well chosen. So good I've read it twice!

  • Kat
    2019-02-13 10:57

    Easy to read, informative, comprehensive, and more entertaining than you would think considering it is a history book. I got it as a reference, but it has proven to be an enjoyable read as well.

  • NLWitherspoon
    2019-02-18 10:02

    I really enjoy history. This book helped me understand what Wales had been though as a people and a country, Helped me learn about my ancestors and my geneology. The author kept my interest with his style of writing.

  • Rick
    2019-02-18 04:37

    Bought the book to get in touch with my Welch heritage. Apart from being a long kind of dry history book, which I expected, the big problem is that it is specifically written for the Welsh reader. My understanding is that it was originally written in Welsh and this edition is just a direct English translation of the Welsh version. I felt like the author expects the reader to have a decent hold on elementary Welsh history and geography already. As an American, I don't have that background and as a result I found it to be a difficult read.

  • Will Lofft
    2019-02-07 05:55

    I had hoped for a book that described the derivation of the the Welch people and while there are elements of that and other insights into the early history of Wales, most of the book is just laundry lists of names - people and places. Will Lofft