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A history of Wales 1815-1906

D Gareth Evans

UWP 1989/1993

Clearly a book of only 320 pages to cover such an extraordinarily convoluted period in Welsh history can do no more than scratch its surface, hence the importance of each chapter's comprehensive Suggested Reading section.

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A History of Wales 1815-1906 is the third volume of a trilogy on the history of Wales from 1485 to 1906.
It is the first major textbook on nineteenth-century Welsh history published in recent years.
Dr Evans's work examines the main industrial, social, political and cultural developments of this dynamic era.

"It would be difficult to exaggerate the scale of change in nineteenth-century Wales, and the consequent problems in structuring a book of this sort.
It is a tribute to the author that he has delineated and analysed that change carefully, comprehensively and cogently"  ( Teaching History)

"A clear, comprehensive and thorough account of the period" (Albion)

D Gareth Evans was born in Alltwen, Pontardawe. He studied history at University College, Swansea where he gained his first degree in 1970 and his doctorate in 1978. Currently he holds the post of Principal Lecturer at Trinity College, Carmarthen. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society. Dr Evans was one of the contributors to Coleg Dewi a'r Fro and has written on the history of bilingual education in Wales.


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To provide a more comprehensive view of the book's contents, each chapter's sub-section headings have been super-imposed onto the main Contents listing

1. Agriculture and People 1815-1850 

2. Industry and Communications 1815-1850 

3. The Social Scene 

Merthyr Tydfil at Mid Century
Swansea and the Copper Smoke Nuisance
Colera Morbus 1830-1866
Accidents in the South Wales Coalfield, 1870-1906
United States of America
Wales and the Atlantic Economy
Merthyr Tydfil in Mid Century

4. Religion and Society 1815-1851

5. Education Before the Blue Books 

The Ironworks' Schools
Schools of the Non-Ferrous Industries
Tin-plate Works' Schools
Colliery Schools
The Slate-Quarrying Schools of North Wales

6. Popular Protest 1815-1850

Chartism in Mid Wales
The Newport Insurrection of 1839
Chartism after the Newport Rising

7. Political Developments 1815- 1850

Free Trade and the Anti-Corn Law League
Parliamentary Reform and Radical Politics

8. Industry and Communications 1850-1906 

9. Agriculture and People 1850-1906 

10. Religion and Society 1851-1906 

11. Education and Society   1850- 1880 

The Ironworks' Schools
Copperworks' Schools
Tinworks' Schools
Colliery Schools

12. Political Awakening 1850 - 1880

The Merthyr Election of 1868
The Denbighshire 1868 Elections

13. The Welsh Nation 1880 - 1906 

Rural Protest
Unionism, Industrial Conflict and Labour Representation




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