Political Conflict and Change

Glanmor Williams

in The Foundations of Modern Wales

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780192852786
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670565 | DOI:

Series: History of Wales

Political Conflict and Change

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This chapter describes the political incorporation of England and Wales which granted the Welsh full privileges of English citizenship and untold economic blessings. It also discusses the changes and conflicts in politics during the period 1727 to 1740s. First, in spite of the largely personal political rivalries, the Whig interest gained ground in Wales. The second major change was the final collapse of Jacobitism. Although the proscription of the Tories after 1714 robbed them from dispensing local patronage, they remained a highly disciplined and durable force in Welsh politics. A third significant change was the growing and bitter resentment felt by independent country gentlemen and freeholders roused by the arbitrary power gained and exercised by absentee landed Titans. Finally, it further discusses the political reform brought about by the American Revolution.

Keywords: political incorporation; England; Wales; English citizenship; politics; Whig; Jacobitism; Tories; Titans; American revolution

Chapter.  19873 words. 

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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