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History and the Making and Remaking of Wales / Martin Johnes

History, Volume: 100, Issue: 343, Pages: 667 - 684

Swansea University Author: Johnes, Martin

Abstract

History - both in the sense of the past itself and representations of that past - has been employed over the centuries to assert a Welsh identity. Indeed, by the early twentieth century, history was a defining constituent of national identity in Wales. This article explores how history continued to...

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Published in: History
ISSN: 00182648
Published: 2015
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa21049
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Abstract: History - both in the sense of the past itself and representations of that past - has been employed over the centuries to assert a Welsh identity. Indeed, by the early twentieth century, history was a defining constituent of national identity in Wales. This article explores how history continued to be used to promote Welsh identity after the Second World War, a practice that grew, particularly in education, as concerns over the future of traditional Welsh culture deepened. Yet popular understandings of the past were frequently fragmented and distorted, even as the depictions of the past put forward by academics and the heritage sector grew more nuanced. Consequently, as the post-1945 period continued, popular understandings of history began to undermine the development of the embryonic nation state that was emerging in Wales
College: College of Arts and Humanities
Issue: 343
Start Page: 667
End Page: 684