South Wales and the Rising of 1839: Class Struggle as Armed Struggle

1st Edition

Ivor Wilks

Published November 28, 2017
Reference - 270 Pages
ISBN 9781138645134 - CAT# Y228011
Series: Routledge Library Editions: The Victorian World

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First published in 1984, this book provides the first full study of the carefully planned rising of south Wales miners and ironworkers in 1839 and of its collapse at the confrontation with soldiers of the 45th regiment of Newport. It examines not only the rising itself, but the factors that made it, if not inevitable, then likely. It argues that while the workers’ movement was an immediate response to the grim circumstances of the workplace, it was also deeply rooted in the centuries-old Welsh experience of repression.

This title will be of particular interest to students of Victorian political and social history and well as the history of Wales.


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