Astudiaeth sylweddol a darllenadwy sy'n archwilio strwythur gwleidyddol Cymru'r 18fed ganrif yng ngoleuni gwleidyddiaeth Prydain yn ystod yr un cyfnod, gyda phennod yr un wedi eu neilltuo i drafod cyfraniadau Syr Watkin Williams Wynn a Syr John Philipps.
A comprehensive and readable study by a leading authority on 18th century British political history which examines the political structure in 18th century Wales in the context of contemporary British politics, with a chapter each designated to discussing the contributions of Sir Watkin Williams Wynn and Sir John Philipps.
Politics in Eighteenth-century Wales
Peter D. G. Thomas
pp xv268 1997 hardback
' ... an account surely unrivalled in its meticulous attention to detail and its
mastery of the relevant manuscript sources. Clearly written and logically organized ...' (Choice)
` ... synthesizes the lifetime's work of the leading living specialist on Welsh political and electoral history during the eighteenth century ...
This volume is the most reliable, most accessible and most authoritative account of the Welsh ancien regime in the eighteenth century. Professor Thomas unquestionable
its most acknowledged interpreter.' (English Historical Review)
`It was an excellent idea to make use of Peter Thomass unrivaled knowledge of
Welsh parliamentary history, exploiting and augmenting his work over the years for the History of Parliament ... Thomass touch is sure and many of his details
delightful.' (Welsh History Review)
' ... a book that not only offers the fullest portrait hitherto of Welsh electoral politics, but which also briskly challenges the revisionist accounts of early Hanoverian party politics which appeared to hold such sway in the last decade. This challenge is a welcome one in a field in which revisionism sometimes appeared too keen to denigrate previous accounts of politics and which on occasion had a tendency to pass over inconvenient facts ... The standard of scholarship in this book is, as one would expect from Professor Thomas, exemplary and one suspects that the knowledge displayed in it of Welsh electoral politics in this period will not be surpassed for a long time. Wales is a part of Britain which often receives scant attention from historians of Britain in this period, and specialists and lecturers will welcome having this one to refer to. Not all will like some of his conclusions, but none will dispute that the book contains a great deal of meat for political historians of eighteen-century Britain to chew over.' (Parliamentary History)
Thomass touch is sure and many of his details delightful. (Welsh History Review)
Politics in Eighteenth-Century Wales represents the distillation of a lifetime's work into a comprehensive and readable volume. In his book, Professor Peter Thomas
examines the political structure of Wales in the eighteenth century and sets it in the general context of contemporary British politics. As such, Politics in Eighteenth-Century Wales is both a study in Welsh history and a detailed example of British political history between the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and the French Revolution of 1789. The author discusses the parliamentary elections of the period and the political alignments and behaviour of Welsh MPs at Westminster, as well as Jacobitism and
early reform movements. The volume includes vignettes of two of the leading Welsh politicians of the time, Sir Watkin Williams Wynn and Sir John Philipps.
A native of Bangor, Peter Thomas was educated at University College of North Wales, Bangor, and at University College, London, before being appointed as lecturer in history at the University of Glasgow in 1956. In 1965 he joined the staff of University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, where he was appointed Professor of History in 1976.
Professor Thomas is recognized as one of the leading authorities on eighteenth-century British political history. His books include biographies of Lord North (1976) and John Wilkes (1996), and five volumes on the American Revolution, notably the prize-winning Tea
Party to Independence (1991), and Revolution in America: Britain and the Colonies 1763-1776 (UWP, 1992). His work on eighteenth-century Wales has been hitherto confined to two dozen articles in journals.