Pocket Guide Series, A: Cardiff
|ISBN: 9780708317303 (0708317308)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Ebrill 2002 |
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, CaerdyddFformat: Clawr Meddal, 185x122 mm, 154 tudalen
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Cyfeirlyfr cryno ond cynhwysfawr i hanes a datblygiad Caerdydd o gyfnod y gaer Rufeinig, hyd at flynyddoedd ffyniannus y dociau o ganlyniad i'r twf yn y diwydiant glo a dyddiau presennol y brifddinas fywiog. 14 ffotograff lliw, 25 llun du-a-gwyn, 2 graff ac 13 map a chynllun.
A concise and comprehensive pocket guide to the history and development of Cardiff from the times of the Roman fort, to the thriving years of the docks in response to the growth of the coal industry, and the present days of the lively capital. 14 colour photographs, 25 black-and-white illustrations, 2 graphs and 13 maps and plans.
At the opening of A Pocket Guide: Cardiff, we find John Davies at the top of Cefn Cibwr on the ridge of Caerffili Mountain overlooking present-day Cardiff. After a brief commentary on the landmarks and monuments on view, he invites us to follow him down into the city to examine them in more detail. Such immediacy characterises the book as a whole and means that, as well as being able to enjoy it in the comfort of your own armchair, readers will find it a useful reference book when they visit (or 'explore', as Davies would put it) Cardiff.
The book comes alive when it relates events towards the end of the eighteenth century when Cardiff began to export coal. Under the influence of the Bute family the population of Cardiff expanded significantly owing to its industrialization during the nineteenth century, but its success has not always reflected well on the rest of Wales. At around the same time as the Merthyr Riots and the Newport Rising, Cardiff was developing itself into a rather self-enclosed entrepreneurial alcove. Its de-industrialization has now led to it becoming a city of white-collar jobs in service industries, leaving parts of the rest of Wales lagging behind. Davies gives an honest and many-sided account of Cardiffs development throughout and is not afraid to ask important questions regarding how the city continues to see itself in relation to the rest of the country.
Seminal dates in Cardiffs history during the twentieth century include 1905, when it was granted city status, 1955, when it became the capital of Wales, and 1987, when the Cardiff Bay Development Scheme was inaugurated. Though these events have helped enhance Cardiffs status, they have not always been beneficial to its inhabitants. The main victims of this cruel irony were the residents of Tiger Bay, whose community was broken up by a major redevelopment scheme during the 1950s that saw low-rise streets destroyed and tower blocks built in their place. One of the books most attractive sections is its relation of Tiger Bays history with its rich racial mix and relaxed cosmopolitanism.
Through its presentation of the shadier aspects of Cardiffs history, as well as its attractions, and through John Daviess interest in the citys people as well as its institutions, not only is A Pocket Guide: Cardiff an informative guide, it is also a highly illuminating and thought-provoking book.
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.
Gellir defnyddior adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatâd Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.
John Davies is one of Wales’s leading historians. Previously a senior lecturer at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, he is now a freelance writer and broadcaster.
pp xi142 over 20 B&W photos, maps, 8pp colour photos
Described in the eighteenth century as an ‘obscure and inconsiderable’ place, Cardiff has since grown into the thriving capital of post-Devolution Wales. A Pocket Guide: Cardiff takes the reader on a journey through the city's history, geography and architecture, from the first Roman settlement to the completion of the breathtaking Millennium Stadium.
In this highly readable Pocket Guide, John Davies gives a comprehensive view of Cardiff’s development from a Roman fort and township into a small medieval borough, through a period of stagnation until the development of docks for exporting coal brought a meteoric growth in town and population in the second half of the nineteenth century. ‘The Other Cardiff’ gives the story of the growth of the Bute Docks, of Tiger Bay and of the dominance of the Bute family in the development and architecture of Cardiff.
The author also tours the city’s various areas, from Cardiff Bay to Lisvane, from St Fagans to Trowbridge, pointing out sights of interest. He concludes with an account of twentieth-century Cardiff as a city and as a capital.
A Pocket Guide: Cardiff is an extremely informative and entertaining guide to the city and will be fascinating reading for both visitors and residents alike.
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