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The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales by John Davies

The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales


The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales by John Davies

The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales will become known as the definitive reference works about Wales, containing entries on all the people and places which have made it so culturally, historically and geographically rich. Everything is contained within the covers of this magnificent book; Snowdonia to the pampas of Patagonia, folk heroes to Welsh Olympians, and the men and women of Wales who have excelled in art, culture and politics. This will be the first time all this material has been drawn together in one place. With over 5000 entries ranging from 50 to over 5000 words and over 300 colour and black and white illustrations, it is an ambitious undertaking and long overdue. No other work has covered so many aspects of Wales' past, its people, places, arts, industries, environment and traditions.


'The appearance of these handsome volumes represents an important achievement, or, more accurately, several important achievements. The standard of the diverse entries is high - meriting praise all around for the editors and contributors. The production quality is high, auguring well for the Press - as does, most especially, the simultaneous appearance of Welsh and English editions. For the weighty and colourful item that it is, GBP65.00 is good value. With the successful products now in hand, the kicking of the publication date ahead into 2008 is vindicated as a triumph of standards and uncut corners over the distortions and compromises to which many at UK universities and university presses succumbed in the race to the 2007 Research Assessment Exercise.'John T. Koch, Planet'The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales is both a validation and a deepening of the Welsh experience. It is not just a dependable and companionable reference tool but it is also a joyous one, celebrating the complexity and extraordinary texture of this small, peninsular country. Its editors and publishers are deserving of our undying thanks for giving us such a marvellous guidebook to treasure, and which can guide us to treasure.'Jon Gower, New Welsh Review, No. 81'

About the Author

John Davies was a historian and lecturer at the University of Aberystwyth, encompassing work on the development of the Welsh landscape and the history of Cardiff. As well as being one of the most significant poets in his field, and an Editor of the Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales, Nigel Jenkins won acclaim in other genres, most notably for his history of the Welsh in India, Gwalia in Khasia, which won the Arts Council of Wales Book of the Year award. He died in January 2014. Menna Baines is a Welsh writer and editor, writing for a number of Welsh publications.

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Publication date

8th February 2008


John Davies

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University of Wales Press


1104 pages


Regional studies
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