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Gwybodaeth Lyfryddol
Concise Histories: Concise History of Wales, A
Geraint H. Jenkins
ISBN: 9780521530712 (0521530717)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Ionawr 2007
Cyhoeddwr: Cambridge University Press, Caergrawnt
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 216x138 mm, 348 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Allan o stoc Ein Pris: £18.99 
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Cyfrol sy'n adrodd hanes Cymru o'r cyfnod cynharaf hyd agor y Senedd i Gynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru yn 2006. Mae'n bwrw golwg ar dwf Cymru fel cenedl, a'r gweddnewidiadau a wnaed gan ei phoblogaeth ar hyd y canrifoedd. Yn cynnwys darluniau a deunydd ardderchog ar gyfer ysgolheigion, myfyrwyr a darllenwyr yn gyffredinol.

The most up-to-date account of Wales from the Neanderthal times to the opening of the Senedd, the new home of the National Assembly for Wales, in 2006. The volume explores the emergence of Wales as a nation, and the transformations its people experienced through the centuries. Includes illustrations and provides enthralling material for scholars, students, and general readers.
Prior to reading this book, I was unclear as to whether the Roman occupation of these islands preceeded the Dark Ages or vice versa. I have always had this problem of perspective and chronology when reading early Welsh history. But Professor Jenkins succeeds in illuminating the people and events of those distant centuries.

He is an engaging companion on the long journey through the centuries. For example, in his first chapter on Wales’s earliest inhabitants, he opens unexpectedly in an early eighteenth-century farmhouse in Cardiganshire where Theophilus Evans wrote an epic history of the Welsh. Professor Jenkins refers to him as ‘a superior storyteller’. The book under review is also superb and appears as a most attractive paperback.

As he takes us from the age of Neanderthal man to the achievements of Welsh home rule, he is never dull. His final sentence expresses a sentiment which few would disagree with: ‘A nation without a memory has no future.’

The text is illustrated with photographs and drawings, details of maps and prints. The picture of Rebecca and her angry daughters making a violent attack on a tollgate is very eye-catching.

This is a book which should be read by all with an interest in their national heritage, and its publication by Cambridge University Press guarantees it a readership beyond Wales too.

Dewi Roberts

It is possible to use this review for promotional purposes, but the following acknowledgment should be included: A review from www.gwales.com, with the permission of the Welsh Books Council.

Gellir defnyddio'r adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatâd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.


Tabl Cynnwys:
Preface; 1. The Earliest Inhabitants; 2. The Heroic Age 383–1063; 3. The Anglo-Norman Conquerors c. 1063-1282; 4. Pestilence, Rebellion and Renewal c. 1283–1536; 5. Early Modern Wales, 1536–1776; 6. A Crucible of the Modern World 1776–1900; 7. Wales Awakening? 1901–2006; 8. Whither Wales; Sources of quotations; Guide to further reading; Index.
Bywgraffiad Awdur:
Geraint H. Jenkins is Director of the UNIVERSITY of WALES CENTRE for ADVANCED WELSH and CELTIC STUDIEs. His recent publications include The Illustrated History of the University of Wales 1893-1993 (1993), and, as editor, The Visual Culture of Wales (6 vols., 1998-2003).
Gwybodaeth Bellach:
Based on the most recent historical research and current debates about Wales and Welshness, this volume offers the most up-to-date, authoritative and accessible account of the period from Neanderthal times to the opening of the Senedd, the new home of the National Assembly for Wales, in 2006. Within a remarkably brief and stimulating compass, Geraint H. Jenkins explores the emergence of Wales as a nation, its changing identities and values, and the transformations its people experienced and survived throughout the centuries. In the face of seemingly overwhelming odds, the Welsh never reconciled themselves to political, social and cultural subordination, and developed ingenious ways of maintaining a distinctive sense of their otherness. The book ends with the coming of political devolution and the emergence of a greater measure of cultural pluralism. Professor Jenkins's lavishly illustrated volume provides enthralling material for scholars, students, general readers, and travellers to Wales.
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