For England, See Wales

Robin Evans shows that the neglect of the history of Wales, and of other small nations, impoverishes our historical understanding.

Wales Resurgent?

Arguably, at least within Wales itself, attitudes have changed. At all levels within the country there has been a resurgence in the study of Welsh history over the last quarter of a century, both in terms of the study of the history of Wales itself and of Wales' role in the wider world. This suggests a nation confident of its future and clear in its perception of the past. The 'national' history curriculum in Wales gives Welsh history, on the whole, the attention it merits. Schools may, if they so wish, study Welsh history at examination level. There has been a tremendous increase in resources available for the teaching of history in Wales, particularly the teaching of Welsh history. There remain, however, significant weaknesses.

There appears to be a lack of commitment in some schools to teaching Welsh history, which is still perceived by some as being both less interesting than, and even subservient to, English history. A recent report on the teaching of Welsh history in the schools of Wales noted that one of the reasons offered by some schools for not paying significant attention to Welsh history included, amazingly, lack of resources. Also cited was the difficulty of pronouncing Welsh names for those whose first language is English (presumably those same schools will teach Nazi Germany but with Gleichschaltung left out!).

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