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Pocket Guide Series, A: History of Wales, The
J. Graham Jones
ISBN: 9780708314913 (0708314910)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Mawrth 2005
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, Caerdydd
Fformat: Clawr Meddal, 186x124 mm, 184 tudalen Iaith: Saesneg Allan o brint Ein Pris: £5.00   
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Argraffiad diwygiedig o arolwg cryno a chynhwysfawr o hanes Cymru o Oes y Cerrig hyd yr 1990au. 19 llun a 4 map du-a-gwyn. Cyhoeddwyd gyntaf yn 1998.

A revised edition of a concise and comprehensive survey of Welsh history from the Stone Age to the 1990's. 19 black-and-white illustrations and 4 maps. First published in 1998.
This is the second reprint of the second edition (1998) of this pocket guide to the history of Wales. The first edition (1990) was reprinted five times, demonstrating that this handy volume had already secured a unique place in the affections of both Welsh and non-Welsh readers. It is easy to see why. When John Davies undertook a similar task, less than a decade earlier, to produce a single volume history of Wales for Penguin Books, he found it impossible to do justice to his subject without overrunning his specified word-count by a factor of three. Davies’s celebrated volume ran to some 700 pages, whereas J. Graham Jones here pulls it off in a quarter of the space. The result is nevertheless admirably balanced and judicious, comprehensive and readable.

In ten chapters, the author surveys the course of Welsh history from prehistoric times, where he notes that the palaeolithic "Red Lady" of Paviland was actually a young man, to the transformative 1997 referendum that gave birth to a Welsh Assembly and the need for this second edition. A useful feature of this series of pocket guides is the inset box. These are used here to provide maps of the various administrative arrangements that have made for the governance of the country (from the time of William the Conqueror to Mrs Thatcher), potted biographies (from St David to Dylan Thomas), and photographic illustrations (from Pentre Ifan to Richard Burton). The volume concludes with a useful time-line, a short glossary of terms used in the text, guidance for further reading and a helpful index.

It is a singular accomplishment to achieve all this in so small a compass without leaving the reader feeling either short-changed or suffering from chronological indigestion. This volume can be recommended without hesitation both to apprentice historians and to members of the general public embarking on the exciting journey into the Welsh past.

David Barnes

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

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