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Dr Martin Wright 

Paul Ward and Martin Wright, ‘Mirrors of Wales – Life Story as National Metaphor: Case Studies of R.J. Derfel (1824-1905) and Huw T. Edwards (1892-1970)’, History, Volume 95, Issue 317, January 2010, pp.  45-63.

Abstract: The public representation of the lives of individuals forms part of a long literary tradition and biography has often had a didactic purpose. Frequently the purpose was to use life stories as national metaphors, to instil ideas of how nations should behave. In this way, individuals acted as mirrors of the nation. This article examines two case studies in Wales: R. J. Derfel, nineteenth-century socialist, and Huw T. Edwards, twentieth-century trade unionist and Labour politician turned nationalist. It does so in order to explore how their life stories were constructed, by them and others, as representative of Welsh national experience. It considers responses to such acts of contrivance, by the press and the people, in order to investigate the cultural mentalities of Welsh society in which the biographies were read and consumed.


Martin Wright, ‘The Strange Death of Liberal Adult Education’, Planet: The Welsh Internationalist (May 2005, pp. 55-63).


Martin Wright, ‘Whose Past? Whose Future? An Exploration of Welsh Women’s History’, in P. Daniel (ed.), Women, Literacy and Power, Equal Opportunities International, 19, 2/3/4 (2000), pp. 25-30.

Abstract: This article examines a study of women’s history in modern Wales. It considers the way in which historians have approached (or failed to approach) the subject before evaluating a current attempt to rectify traditional neglect in this area. It profiles in particular the case of the Blue Books, a report into education in Wales in 1847, which blamed poor standards, in part, on the women of Wales.  The article questions what the above project (Project Grace) has achieved in terms of promoting the growth of women’s history in Wales.


Martin Wright, ‘Robert Blatchford, the Clarion Movement and the Crucial Years of British Socialism’, in T. Brown (ed.), Edward Carpenter and late Victorian Radicalism (1991).



Review (in Welsh) of Richard Wyn Jones, Rhoi Cymru’n Gyntaf and Dewi Rowland Hughes, Cymru Fydd. Welsh History Review, 25, 1 (June 2010), pp. 143-146.

Review of Andrew Edwards, Labour’s Crisis:Plaid Cymru, The Conservatives and the Labour Party in North West Wales, 1960-1974. Reviews in History, (review no. 1213).