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The Foundations of Modern WalesWales 1642-1780$
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Geraint H. Jenkins

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780192852786

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192852786.001.0001

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Cultural and Intellectual Life

Cultural and Intellectual Life

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(p.213) Chapter 6 Cultural and Intellectual Life
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The Foundations of Modern Wales
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Glanmor Williams

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192852786.003.0006

This chapter discusses the literary traditions of Wales and describes two major elements which helped inject new life into the cultural life of the Welsh. It discusses the development of the provincial printing-press and the scholarly zeal of Edward Lhuyd, the versatile Oxford scholar, who sought to broaden the intellectual horizons of his countrymen and sow the seeds of ideological concepts which would grow luxuriantly in the future. The Welsh press provided native culture with a new momentum by publishing and selling cheap books that stimulated demand for Welsh books. New ventures sprang up, sponsored by practical men of enterprise who were keen to stimulate and satisfy the demands of the swelling ranks of the reading public.

Keywords:   literary traditions, Wales, cultural life, provincial printing-press, Edward Lhuyd, Oxford scholar, intellectual horizons, Welsh books

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