The main objective of this e-book by Professor Paul O'Leary is to explore the way in which Wales was interpreted by French commentators and travelers in the nineteenth century. This is done by presenting sources in the original language with translations into Welsh of texts that, to date, have not been used by historians. They illustrate the variety of discussions about Wales that took place in France, mainly in the half-century between about 1830 and the 1870s when Wales was transformed by population growth (town and country) and busy industrialization. The sources cover three themes that were central to modern life: the tendency among some groups of people to rebel against authority in a time of fundamental social and economic change; the desire to know the origins and effects of the growth of industry and commerce; and the position of state language and culture at a time when European countries were striving to create monolingual and homogenous national communities.
|Translated title of the contribution
|France and Wales 1830–1880: French Interpretations of the Nation State
|Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol
|Number of pages
|Published - 16 Nov 2015