Histories of Wales, The: Anglesey - The Concise History
Arolwg yn dangos ôl ymchwil manwl i hanes cyfoethog ac amrywiol sir Fôn o'r cyfnod cynoesol hyd yr 20fed ganrif, yn adlewyrchu datblygiadau yn y bywyd cymdeithasol ac economaidd, crefydd, addysg, gwleidyddiaeth a diwylliant, gyda mynegai defnyddiol. 12 llun du-a-gwyn ac 1 map.
A well researched survey of the rich diversity of the history of Anglesey from prehistoric times to the 20th century, reflecting developments in social and economic life, religion, education, politics and culture, with a useful index. 12 black-and-white photographs and 1 map.
This very attractive volume is the first in a series, under the general editorship of Catrin Stevens, which will encompass the history of the regions of Wales. In six chapters and under two hundred pages David Pretty gives a full and scholarly account of a fascinating county.
We read of the period when the island was the final stronghold of the Druids, of the Viking connections, the Roman occupation and Aberffraw, which overshadowed other seats of Welsh government. Penmynydd was the seat of the Tudors, linking Môn directly to a royal line. Later, with the advent of industrialisation, copper mining began at Parys Mountain and maritime coastal links were extended. These improved communications contributed to the growth of the island as we know it today. The impact of two World Wars is examined and the author tells us much concerning the religion, education, politics and culture of the people.
When I was working on an anthology about Anglesey a few years ago I discovered layer upon layer of fascinating material. It is, after all, one of the most fascinating regions of not only the UK but of Europe. As such it never fails to provide stimulus for both historians and writers.
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 defnyddio’r adolygiad hwn at bwrpas hybu, ond gofynnir i chi gynnwys y gydnabyddiaeth ganlynol: Adolygiad oddi ar www.gwales.com, trwy ganiatad Cyngor Llyfrau Cymru.
THE HISTORIES OF WALES SERIES
Series Editor: Catrin Stevens
The authors have been selected both for their undoubted scholarship and intimate knowledge of their own particular regions and for their ability to interpret and communicate that knowledge in a lively and concise style to students, scholars and tourists alike. The one encompassing criterion in the selection of authors, however, has been that they fully identify with and love their native or chosen adoptive regions.
Yet each author is also fully aware that no community or bro leads an independent or isolated existence and that regional histories are firmly grounded within the national Welsh experience. Thus, eventually, when the series is complete, each volume will contribute distinctively and uniquely to the composite and fascinating jigsaw which constitutes the history of Wales.
‘ . . . riveting . . . a joy to read . . . a fascinating panorama of our turbulent past.’
Anglesey Antiquarian Society Newsletter
‘The author is not only a native of the island but also one of its most prominent historians and he has published widely on Anglesey’s political, educational and social history . . . I am greatly indebted to him for undertaking this vast task with such enthusiasm, dedication and scholarship.’
Catrin Stevens, Series Editor
This volume traces the island's rich history as the last stronghold of the druids, through its strategic significance during the Edwardian conquest in medieval times, Telford's major achievement in building the Menai Suspension Bridge, to the cultural and linguistic challenges of the late twentieth century.
The concept of ‘love of one’s region’ has always had a special resonance for the people of Wales. It has inspired poets, writers and historians through the centuries and it has enriched our appreciation and understanding of the colourful diversity of our local and regional culture and heritage.
The author has an intimate knowledge of the region and has the ability to interpret and communicate that knowledge in a lively and concise style to students, scholars and tourists alike.
‘In some countries - England in particular - the totality of their history is greater than the totality of the histories of their regions, but in Wales it can appear that the reverse is true.’
John Davies, A History of Wales
The Histories of Wales series focuses on the traditional counties, as well as the valleys and cities of Wales. Each book will be a concise and scholarly history of a particular Welsh region suitable for students and academics yet written in an accessible manner so as to appeal to the general reader.
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