Arming the Citizens: the Volunteer Force in Nineteenth-Century Wales

Paul O'Leary

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This collection of essays re-examines the reaction of the Welsh people to war. Focusing on a series of conflicts from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries it offers a sharp corrective to the generally accepted picture of Wales as a nation wedded to pacifism. If those in the urban and industrial south, tied as they were into Britain's Imperial economy, were often enthusiastic proponents of and participants in armed conflict, a majority even in the rural areas could be relied upon to rally to the flag.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWales and War: Society, Politics and Religion in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
EditorsMatthew Cragoe, Chris Williams
PublisherGwasg Prifysgol Cymru | University of Wales Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)978-0-7083-1901-7, 0708319017
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2007


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