The Gwent County History, Volume 5

The Twentieth Century

Edited by Chris Williams and Andy Croll

The Gwent County History, Volume 5

Edited by Chris Williams and Andy Croll

Distributed for University of Wales Press

Ralph A. Griffiths, General Editor
400 pages | 6 color plates, 37 halftones | 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 | © 2013
Cloth $60.00 ISBN: 9780708326480 Published August 2013 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Here Chris Williams and Andy Croll, two distinguished historians of twentieth-century Britain, particularly Wales, marshal seventeen fellow historians to describe the momentous twentieth-century history of southeast Wales. The book is the fifth and last volume in a comprehensive history of Gwent/Monmouthshire from prehistoric times to the present day. Chapters detail the two world wars and deep depression that tested the resilience of the county’s people, as well as how the decline of mining and heavy industry shifted the balance of the county’s economy. Others analyze the life and leisure of ordinary people; their cultural, intellectual, and sporting interests; their religion, which formerly bulked so large in their lives; and the changes in the landscape of town and country.


List of Figures

List of Colour Plates

List of Tables

List of Maps

List of Graphs

List of Abbreviations

Gwent County History Association

Chairman’s Foreword

General Editor’s Preface

Editor’s Preface

List of Contributors

1 The First World War

Peter Strong

2 The Second World War

Peter Strong

3 The Coal Industry

Trevor Boyns

4 Iron, Steel and Aluminum

John Elliot and Colin Deneen

5 Manufacturing Industry, Communications and Commerce

Ben Curtis

6 The Rural Economy

Ian Pincombe

7 Changes in Local Government

Robert McCloy

8 Population and Languages

W. T. R. Pryce

Appendix I

Monmouthshire: population able to speak Welsh, 1903-71

Appendix II

Monmouthshire: speakers of ‘other languages’, 1901 and 1911

Appendix III

‘Greater’ Gwent: ethnic identity, 2011

Appendix IV

‘Greater’ Gwent: religion, 2011

9 Sex, Marriage and the Family

Rachel Lock-Lewis

10 Poverty, Mass Unemployment and Welfare

Andy Croll

11 Popular Leisure

Martin Johnes

12 Religion

Jeremy Morris

13 Education

Keith Davies

14 Visual Culture

Peter Lord and John Morgan-Guy

15 Literature

Jane Aaron

16 Parliamentary Representation

Gerard Charmley

17 Labour, Class and Conflict

Alun Burge

18 Who Talks of My Nation?

Chris Williams


List of Gwent County History Association Members

Review Quotes
Peter Wakelin, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
“This well-researched, beautifully written, and thoroughly engaging volume completes a magnificent county history that will be a cornerstone of the region’s culture and identity for many years to come.”
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