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J. E. Lloyd and the Creation of Welsh History

Renewing a Nation’s Past

This is the first biographical account of John Edward Lloyd (1861–1947), widely regarded as the founder of the modern academic study of Welsh history. Published to mark the centenary of Lloyd’s most important achievement, A History of Wales from the Earliest Times to the Edwardian Conquest, this study reassesses Lloyd’s significance by setting his work in the context of his life and of the ideas and scholarship of his time. Through its detailed analysis of Lloyd’s work and its rich contextualization, the book offers fresh insights into ideas about history, education, culture, and national identity in Wales.

277 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2011

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“In this remarkable book Huw Pryce does for Welsh autobiography what Sir John Lloyd did for Welsh history—establishes it as a subdiscipline of distinction. Lloyd’s work is set against earlier Welsh historiography in a manner that could only be achieved by a medievalist as well as being firmly and subtly placed in the context of Victorian intellectual history. This is an unusual, if not unique, combination of skills, and along with its elegant style they make it a landmark in Welsh historical writing. Historiography is a burgeoning field and this fine book cultivates a place for Wales within it. It will undoubtedly become a classic.”

Neil Evans, Cardiff University

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
List of abbreviations

Part One: A Historian’s Life
1. Welsh Liverpool, 1861–1877
2. Expanding Horizons: Aberystwyth and Oxford, 1877–1885
3. Toward A History of Wales, 1885–1911
4. Historian of Wales, 1911–1947
Part Two: The Making of a Nation
5. A Nation Revived: Lloyd and Modern Wales
6. Assumptions  and Methods
7. Origins: From Prehistoric to Post-Roman Wales
8. Tribal Wales: Society and the Church
9. Princely Wales: Rulers as Nation Builders

Conclusion: Creating Welsh History?

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