The Fascist Party in Wales?

Plaid Cymru, Welsh Nationalism and the Accusation of Fascism

Richard Wyn Jones

The Fascist Party in Wales?

Richard Wyn Jones

Distributed for University of Wales Press

144 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2014
Paper $10.00 ISBN: 9781783160563 Published August 2014 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
E-book $25.00 ISBN: 9781783160570 Will Publish October 2019 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
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.



1. The Accusations

2. Recognising Fascists and Fascism

3. Defining Fascism

                The state

                The glorification of violence

                The glorification of leaders and leadership


4. Wales During a Decade of War

5. Welsh Political Culture

6. Conclusion: Redemption and Exclusion




Review Quotes
Adam Price, former Plaid Cymru MP, adviser to Leanne Wood
An impressive volume that buries forever one of the most destructive political lies in Welsh political discourse.
Professor Robert Evans, Regius Professor of History Emeritus at the University of Oxford
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.
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