From the very beginnings of Wales, its people have defined themselves against their larger neighbour. That relationship has defined both what it has meant to be Welsh and Wales as a nation. Yet the relationship has not always been a happy one and never one between equals. This book tells the fascinating story of an uneasy relationship between two nations living side-by-side. It examines Wales’s story from its creation to the present day, considering key moments such as medieval conquest, industrial exploitation, the Blue Books, and the flooding of Cwm Tryweryn. Johnes challenges us to reconsider Wales’s historical relationship with England and its place in the world. Wales: England’s Colony? was serialised on BBC 2 earlier this year as part of The Changing Face of Wales season.
Martin Johnes is Professor of Modern History at Swansea University. His research explores questions of identity in sport, politics and popular culture. His other books include Wales since 1939 (2012) and A History of Sport in Wales (2005), and, with Iain McLean, Aberfan: Government and Disasters (2000).