The Foundations of Modern Wales
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The Foundations of Modern Wales : Wales 1642-1780

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This fourth volume in the History of Wales deals comprehensively with the events between the civil war and the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution. The central theme is the development of powerful social forces which took an impoverished and sleepy nation to the threshold of unprecedented social, economic, and political change. Drawing on a wide range of sources, the book reveals how demographic growth, agrarian improvements, the development of trade and heavy industries, improved communications, the provision of educational facilities, the emergence of Dissent and Methodism, and the revival of Welsh culture influenced the making of modern Wales.show more

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  • Paperback | 504 pages
  • 124 x 200 x 36mm | 580.6g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 3 maps
  • 0192852787
  • 9780192852786
  • 1,669,084

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compelling * Paul Langford, Welsh History Review *show more

Table of contents

Part 1 Strife and upheaval, 1642-1660: the Civil Wars and the interregnum; propogating the Gospel. Part 2 The return to stability: the social and economic structure; the pattern of politics; religion, education and literacy; cultural and intellectual life. Part 3 The age of improvement, 1730-1780: social and economic progress; political conflict and change; the spirit of enthusiasm; cultural revival and invention.show more

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