The Making of Wales

The Making of Wales

Book - 1999
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Historian (U. Colleges of Swansea and Aberystwyth) turned writer and broadcaster, Davies traces the human impact on the land from earliest times to the present. Weaving his narrative among mostly color illustrations, he centers each chronological chapter on an important event of the period, such as the advent of farming, the Normans, the first industrial era, and war and depression. The 1996 cloth edition was selected by the Book of the Month Club. It was published in conjunction with Cadw, the agency overseeing Welsh historical monuments. Distributed by International Publisher's Marketing. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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The landscape of Wales has been shaped by man over many centuries and continues to develop today. In both town and countryside, at least 200 generations of human beings have left layer upon layer of impressions, so that at almost any point in Wales it is possible to look out and gaze upon a rich palimpsest. The Making of Wales traces the process of this evolution in the Welsh landscape from pre-history to the present day. From the earliest hunter-gatherers who made their mark on the landscape more than 12,000 years ago, we follow the makers as they became farmers using the first stone, then bronze and iron tools and weapons, and creating the massive hillforts that are such a feature of the Welsh countryside; the transition to Roman rule and the origins of town-making; the fundamental influence of Christianity on the makers of Wales; the impact of the castle-building Normans; the transformation of a largely rural country during the industrial centuries; the impact of war and depression in the early 20th century; through to the struggle and victory of devolution in Wales. Lavishly illustrated,The Making of Wales is a superb introduction to the history of the country and to the enduring legacy of man’s interaction with the landscape.

Publisher: Thrupp, Stroud, Gloucestershire : Alan Sutton Pub. ; Cardiff : Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments, 1999
Edition: Pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780750921763
Branch Call Number: 942.9 DA
Characteristics: 160 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 26 cm


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