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Kenneth O. Morgan: My Histories

This autobiography tells the story of Wales’ leading historian, Kenneth O. Morgan, including reflections on the books he has written—thirty-two to date—and his background in rural Wales, in addition to offering insight into his life as an Oxford don and as vice-chancellor of the historic market town of Aberystwyth and the University of Wales. He also discusses his career as a working Labour member of the House of Lords and his close friendships with James Callaghan, Michael Foot, Neil Kinnock, and A. J. P. Tayler. If anyone’s life story can be said to embody the history of Wales, past and present, it is certainly Morgan’s.

320 pages | 2 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2015

Biography and Letters

History: British and Irish History

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“Kenneth O. Morgan has had a rich and multifaceted life, ranging from Oxford don to Labour peer.  His captivating autobiography recounts a lifelong commitment to his Welsh heritage; his marriage to his beloved wife Jane; his commitment to Oxford as a teaching Fellow at The Queens College; his Vice-Chancellorship of the University of Wales; and above all his life as an historian and biographer.  My Histories brings his life to the present, with his recent marriage to Elizabeth Gibson of Bordeaux; his work in the House of Lords as the indefatigable Lord Morgan; and his current reflections on whether devolution will give Wales a new sense of inspired destiny.”

Wm. Roger Louis, University of Texas at Austin

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1 A Divided Consciousness

Chapter 2 Education, Education, Education

Chapter 3 History-Making: A Welsh Historian

Chapter 4 History-Making: A British Historian

Chapter 5 History-Making; A Labour Historian

Chapter 6 History-Making: A Contemporary Historian

Chapter 7 History-Making: A Biographer

Chapter 8 Experiences: The House of Lords

Chapter 9 Experiences: Travelling

Chapter 10 Experiences: Old and New Labour

Chapter 11 My History

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