Why Wales Never was - The Failure of Welsh Nationalism
|ISBN: 9781786830128 (1786830124)Publication Date June 2017|
Publisher: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, CardiffFormat: Paperback, 216x138 mm, 218 pages
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In the nineteenth century, the 'Age of Nationalism', when nationalism flowered in every small European country, no Welsh national movement emerged. Contrary to the popular view that Welsh radical politics was a boost for Welsh nationalism, Why Wales Never Was shows that this was the very reason for its failure.
Yn ystod y 19eg ganrif, 'Oes Cenedlaetholdeb' ym mhob gwlad fechan yn Ewrop, ni ymddangosodd yr un mudiad cenedlaethol yng Nghymru. Yn groes i'r farn boblogaidd bod gwleidyddiaeth radicalaidd wedi hybu cenedlaetholdeb Cymreig, dengys Why Wales Never Was mai dyma oedd yr union reswm am fethiant cenedlaetholdeb yma.
Table of Contents:
Acknowledgements and thanks
Preface to the English edition
1. An Unexpected Failure
2. The Nation of Language
3. Liberalism and the Welsh oppressed
4. Deconstructing Liberalism
5. When will Wales be?
Dr Simon Brooks is the author of several books discussing language, politics and history, and is currently working on a history of ethnic minorities in the Welsh-language community.
‘The most challenging and significant work on Wales since devolution.’
– Dr Huw Williams, Cardiff University
‘This is not a comfortable read, but essential for anyone who wants to grasp the curious state of Wales today. It is a relentlessly challenging narrative, the author forces us to rethink our understanding of the forces that have shaped modern Welsh life. Can we hold Nonconformist Liberal values responsible for the language crisis and our patchy notions of Welsh nationhood? Simon Brooks makes a very convincing case.’
– Huw Edwards, BBC News
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