The Gwent County History, Volume 5

The Twentieth Century

Edited by Chris Williams and Andy Croll

Edited by Chris Williams and Andy Croll

Distributed for University of Wales Press

Ralph A. Griffiths, General Editor
400 pages | 6 color plates, 37 halftones | 7 1/2 x 9 1/2 | © 2013
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780708326480 Published August 2013 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Here Chris Williams and Andy Croll, two distinguished historians of twentieth-century Britain, particularly Wales, marshal seventeen fellow historians to describe the momentous twentieth-century history of southeast Wales. The book is the fifth and last volume in a comprehensive history of Gwent/Monmouthshire from prehistoric times to the present day. Chapters detail the two world wars and deep depression that tested the resilience of the county’s people, as well as how the decline of mining and heavy industry shifted the balance of the county’s economy. Others analyze the life and leisure of ordinary people; their cultural, intellectual, and sporting interests; their religion, which formerly bulked so large in their lives; and the changes in the landscape of town and country.

Peter Wakelin, Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales
“This well-researched, beautifully written, and thoroughly engaging volume completes a magnificent county history that will be a cornerstone of the region’s culture and identity for many years to come.”
Contents

List of Figures

List of Colour Plates

List of Tables

List of Maps

List of Graphs

List of Abbreviations

Gwent County History Association

Chairman’s Foreword

General Editor’s Preface

Editor’s Preface

List of Contributors

 

1 The First World War

Peter Strong

 

2 The Second World War

Peter Strong

 

3 The Coal Industry

Trevor Boyns

 

4 Iron, Steel and Aluminum

John Elliot and Colin Deneen

 

5 Manufacturing Industry, Communications and Commerce

Ben Curtis

 

6 The Rural Economy

Ian Pincombe

 

7 Changes in Local Government

Robert McCloy

 

8 Population and Languages

W. T. R. Pryce

 

Appendix I

Monmouthshire: population able to speak Welsh, 1903-71

 

Appendix II

Monmouthshire: speakers of ‘other languages’, 1901 and 1911

 

Appendix III

‘Greater’ Gwent: ethnic identity, 2011

 

Appendix IV

‘Greater’ Gwent: religion, 2011

 

9 Sex, Marriage and the Family

Rachel Lock-Lewis

 

10 Poverty, Mass Unemployment and Welfare

Andy Croll

 

11 Popular Leisure

Martin Johnes

 

12 Religion

Jeremy Morris

 

13 Education

Keith Davies

 

14 Visual Culture

Peter Lord and John Morgan-Guy

 

15 Literature

Jane Aaron

 

16 Parliamentary Representation

Gerard Charmley

 

17 Labour, Class and Conflict

Alun Burge

 

18 Who Talks of My Nation?

Chris Williams

 

Index

List of Gwent County History Association Members

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