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Revolution to Devolution

Reflections on Welsh Democracy

In the wake of the Scottish vote on independence, questions of sovereignty, devolution, and local control have perhaps never been more salient. This book explores the evolution of the idea of national identity in modern Britain as it affected Wales. It ranges historically from the French Revolution and its aftershocks to the wide-ranging effects of World War I and on to present debates over decentralization and ties with Europe, while also offering close looks at key personalities, like Lloyd George, the first (and thus far only) Welsh prime minister. Drawing on both his extensive experience in politics and his decades of academic study, Kenneth O. Morgan has written what is likely to be the definitive work on this topic.

272 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2014

History: European History

Political Science: Public Policy

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Table of Contents




1. Consensus and Conflict in Modern Welsh History

2. Welsh Democracy, Revolution to Devolution

3. Kentucky’s ‘Cottage-bred Man’: Abraham Lincoln and Wales

4. The Relevance of Henry Richard

5. Lloyd George as a Parliamentarian

6. Liberalism’s Flintshire Loyalist: The Political Achievement of John Herbert Lewis

7. Wales and the First World War

8. Alfred Zimmern’s Brave New World: Liberalism and the League in 1919 and after

9. England, Wales, Britain and the Audit of War

10. Power and Glory: Labour in War and Reconstruction, 1939-1951

11. Welsh Devolution: The Past and the Future

12. Wales and Europe: From Revolutionary Convention to Welsh Assembly, 1789-2014

Postscript: A Tale of Two Unions


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