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The Fascist Party in Wales?

Plaid Cymru, Welsh Nationalism and the Accusation of Fascism

Distributed for University of Wales Press

The Fascist Party in Wales?

Plaid Cymru, Welsh Nationalism and the Accusation of Fascism

For decades, accusations have been made that senior figures among Welsh nationalists were sympathetic towards Fascism during the 1930s and World War II. In this controversial work, Wales’s most prominent political commentator, Richard Wyn Jones, assesses the truth of these charges, shedding new light on aspects of Plaid Cymru and its leadership during the period in question and bringing to light an important discussion on the political culture of contemporary Wales.

144 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2014

History: European History

Political Science: Public Policy


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Reviews

An impressive volume that buries forever one of the most destructive political lies in Welsh political discourse.

Adam Price, former Plaid Cymru MP, adviser to Leanne Wood

This is a deft, incisive, and admirably terse dissection of Welsh political culture in the twentieth century, important not only for exploding the persistent myth that the young Welsh Nationalist party sympathised with Fascism in the interwar period, but for explaining how such a baseless accusation could ever have been made and sustained for so long.

Professor Robert Evans, Regius Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Oxford

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

1. The Accusations

2. Recognising Fascists and Fascism

3. Defining Fascism

                The state

                The glorification of violence

                The glorification of leaders and leadership

                Anti-Semitism

4. Wales During a Decade of War

5. Welsh Political Culture

6. Conclusion: Redemption and Exclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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