Wales from Industrialisation to 1945

Bernhard Maier

in The Celts

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780748616053
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748672219 | DOI:
Wales from Industrialisation to 1945

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This chapter traces the history of Wales from industrialisation to 1945. With industrialisation came a defection by large segments of the population from the Church of England to nonconformist movements. Congregationalists and Baptists had already gained a foothold in Wales in the mid-seventeenth century, and now over 100 years later Methodism began to spread under the spiritual leadership of preacher and organiser Howell Harris (1714–73) and poet and writer William Williams (1717–91). The chapter then discusses Welsh literature since 1800, and Welsh in politics and culture.

Keywords: Welsh literature; Welsh politics; Welsh culture; nonconformism; Methodism; Howell Harris; William Williams

Chapter.  2123 words. 

Subjects: Ancient History (Non-Classical, to 500 CE)

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