What can the historiology of nineteenth-century Welsh national identity learn from the life of Doctor William Price (1800-1893) and others yet unrecorded?

Harward, Rodney (2018). What can the historiology of nineteenth-century Welsh national identity learn from the life of Doctor William Price (1800-1893) and others yet unrecorded? Student dissertation for The Open University module A329 The making of Welsh history.

This dissertation was produced by a student studying the Open University module A329 The making of Welsh history. The research showcased here achieved a grade in either the Pass 1 band (equivalent to a 1st) or the Pass 2 band (equivalent to a 2.i).
Please note that this student dissertation is made available in the format that it was submitted for examination, thus the author has not been able to correct errors and/or departures from academic standards in areas such as referencing.
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Abstract

This dissertation sets out to describe the current narrative of nineteenth-century Welsh national identity. Through studying the extraordinary life of Doctor William Price (1800-1893) it highlights areas that fail to appear in the current narrative such as his non-religious behaviour and unorthodox lifestyle. This in turn exposes other parts of the Welsh community such as women and in-migrants who remain largely unrecorded in the traditional narrative. The dissertation argues that having compared the historiology of nineteenth-century Welsh national identity from both a top-down and a bottom-up perspective, there is evidence that its narrative would benefit from further study of the ‘unrecorded’. It also suggests that it is only now that historians can provide sufficient evidence through statistics, censuses and other sources of reliable primary evidence to properly support the notion of a nineteenth-century Welsh national identity by recording the 'unrecorded' across representative sections of the entire population of Wales at that time.

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