Cardiganshire and the Cardi, C.1760-c.2000: Locating a Place and Its People

Posted on 20 June 2011

Ceredigion, or Cardigan as it’s known in English, is a county and former kingdom in mid-west Wales. A new book released this month by the University of Wales Press explores the ways in which this distinctive Welsh county and its inhabitants (known as Cardis) have been represented during the late modern era.

The book describes the image of both Cardiganshire and the Cardi as having changed considerably during this period, and this representational history examines the reasons why these shifts took place. In doing so, the study uncovers an array of opinions about the county. Each of these viewpoints is analysed, placed in context and set against one another. The picture which emerges is of a place and a people onto which commentators projected their hopes and fears.

Mike Benbough-Jackson is a Senior Lecturer in History at Liverpool John Moores University. He is the author of a number of articles on the cultural and social history of Wales and the Welsh.


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