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Pacifism, Peace and Modern Welsh Writing

Focusing on an important and overlooked subject in Welsh studies, this book reveals the contribution of modern Welsh literature to our understanding of peace and pacifism. Through careful analysis, Linden Peach shows how pacifism in Wales, which was rooted in concepts from Welsh-language writing, evolved into a broader social gospel concerned with the quality of human life and the sustainability of community. Peach takes a literary-historical approach to this subject, opening up new perspectives on the history of peace and pacifism in Wales that have been overlooked by purely historical analyses in the past.
Pacifism, Peace and Modern Welsh Writing includes both English- and Welsh-language texts and highlights the interdependence of English and Welsh culture in Wales. Quotations from Welsh-language texts are given in Welsh and in English translation to assist readers who are not Welsh speakers. This book introduces readers to the changing nature of pacifism, peace, and anti-warism, and how these terms have acquired different meanings over time. Clear and concise, Peach illustrates these concepts through accessible but original readings of key Welsh writers on peace and pacifism.

256 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

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Pacifism, Peace and Modern Welsh Writing is an enlivening and erudite study, which draws on a range of Welsh-language and English-language texts to reveal the distinctive, interwoven history and cultural importance of pacifist thought in Wales.”

Dr. Laura Wainwright, author of New Territories in Modernism: Anglophone Welsh Writing 1930–1949

“Words! What do they mean? This book starts with the problem of words. ‘Pacifism’ can mean ‘cowardice’ or ‘in praise of peace,’ depending on who says it and what their purpose is. In exploring the apparent paradox, this book expands the meaning of what it is to be a pacifist.”

Professor David Cadman, co-editor of Peacefulness (2017)

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