Turning Points in Welsh History
Distributed for University of Wales Press
This history textbook for schools is aimed at ages 11-15 and looks at Welsh history in two periods, 1485-1760 and 1760-1914, concentrating on significant events or changes which affect modern-day Wales. Turning Points approaches Welsh history from a new perspective, and provides lively, modern and stimulating material for complete lessons for the whole ability range. It is lavishly illustrated in colour and black and white, and each time period is introduced by a 'super-lesson' of visual and documentary sources to give an overview of the major themes and developments.
Events considered and assessed for their significance include the accession of King Henry VII as a 'Welsh' monarch of England; the translation of the Bible into Welsh and the significance for Welsh history; Wales at the hub of the Industrial Revolution with the development of transport and industrial society; protest and the changing political and social aspirations of the Welsh in the nineteenth century and the development of a Welsh identity.
Turning points in Welsh history
The History Skills Gang
Part I: 1485–1760
1.1 What was life in Wales like between 1485 and 1760?
1.2 Should Henry VII be a Welsh hero?
1.3 Why was the translation of the Bible into Welsh in 1588 an important event in Welsh history?
Part 2: 1760–1914
2.1 How did Wales change between 1760 and 1914?
2.2 Why was Wales on the move?
2.3 Were the Welsh people troublemakers in the nineteenth century?
2.4 How was Wales changing at the start of the twentieth century?
Notes for teachers