LJMU historian launches new book at the Library of Wales

22 August 2011

Dr. Mike Benbough-Jackson, Senior Lecturer in History in the School of Humanities and Social Science recently launched his new book 'Cardiganshire and the Cardi, 1760-2000: Locating a place and its people', at a book launch at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth. It was attended by leading academics and local history societies.

The new study is published by the University of Wales Press in the ‘Studies in Welsh’ series and provides a detailed examination of the changing image of the people of Cardiganshire and the Cardi between 1760 and 2000, by drawing on a wide range of original sources, including, literature, newspapers, travel guides and works by politicians, academics and local people. Professor Robert Colls of the University of Leicester described it as "an original study that falls somewhere between a local history of meaning and a cultural history of the Welsh."

Image of Mike Benbough-Jackson outside National Library of Wales

Dr. Benbough Jackson commented:

"The book is a representational history. It explores the image of Cardiganshire and its inhabitants, known as Cardis. Despite being a relatively peripheral, predominantly agricultural, county in west Wales, Cardiganshire has played a pivotal role in justifying various worldviews. From Romantic poets to late twentieth-century champions of cultural diversity, many have found Cardiganshire to be a most useable place. I'm glad that the book has seen the light of day. It’s based on a PhD I completed while at Lampeter, but plenty of additional research has gone into this volume. Being able to work with Welsh language material meant that I could gather more perspectives about the county, including views from the inhabitants themselves. As far as I know, this is the first work of Cardiology that does not deal with the heart!"

This is Mike’s second book and it is available to purchase on Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/3l6xb2z

Pictured: Dr Mike Benbough-Jackson, pictured outside National Library of Wales on the day of book launch.

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