Andy Croll, Barry Island: The Making of a Seaside Playground, c. 1790-1955 (University of Wales Press, 2020)

At the end of the nineteenth century Barry Island became the chosen holiday destination for workers from South Wales’ booming industrial valleys. Andy Croll’s innovative book analyses how Barry became the sort of resort it did, when it did.

Andy Croll, ' "Reconciled gradually to the system of indoor relief": the poor law in Wales during the "crusade against out-relief", c. 1870 – c. 1890', Family and Community History, 20, no. 2 (2017), pp. 121-144.

Chris Evans and Louise Miskell, Swansea Copper: A Global History (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020)

Swansea was to copper what Manchester was to cotton or Detroit to the automobile. Between the 1770s and the 1840s the Swansea district in southwest Wales routinely produced a third of the world’s smelted copper. How did this come about? How did a patch of southwest Wales that can be walked across inside a day assume global importance?

This book by USW’s Chris Evans and Professor Louise Miskell (Swansea University) provides some answers. It makes Swansea Copper a key component of global modernity. 

Chris Evans [with Goran Ryden] '"Voyage Iron": An Atlantic slave trade currency, its European origins, and West African impact', Past and Present, 239 (2018), 41-70

Chris Evans, 'The plantation hoe: the rise and fall of an Atlantic commodity', The William and Mary Quarterly, 69:1 (2012), 71-100

Chris Evans, Slave Wales: The Welsh and Atlantic Slavery 1660-1850  (University of Wales Press, 2010)

Christopher R. Hill, Peace and Power in Cold War Britain: Media, Movements and Democracy, c.1945-68 (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018)

Peace and Power in Cold War Britain explores the ban the bomb and anti-Vietnam War movements from the perspective of media history, focusing in particular on the relationship between radicalism and the rise of television.

In doing so, it addresses two questions, both of which seem to recur with each major breakthrough in communications technology: what do advances in communications media mean for democratic participation in politics and how do distinctive types of media condition the very nature of that participation itself?

Christopher Hill, '"Britain, West Africa and ‘The new nuclear imperialism": decolonisation and development during French tests,' Contemporary British History, 33:2 (2019) 274-289

Jane Finucane, "Rebuking the Princes: Erasmus Alber in Magdeburg, 1548-52" in Polly Bromillow (ed.) Authority in European Book Culture, 1400-1600. (Ashgate, 2013)

Jane Finucane, "Before the storm: Civilians under siege, 1618-1630" in Dowdall, A. & Horne, J. (eds.) Sieges and Civilians: From Sarajevo to Troy. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

Jonathan Durrant, "Fantasies of Witches and Soldiers' Wives in Baroque Germany" in Eevan O'Brien (ed.) Representing Women's Authority in the Early Modern World. (Aracne Editrice, 2013)

Jonathan Durrant, "Why some men and not others? The Male Witches of Eichstatt" in Rowlands, A. (ed.) Witchcraft and Masculinities in Early Modern Europe. (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

Rachel Lock-Lewis, ‘Sex, Marriage and the Family’ in Chris Williams & Andy Croll (eds.) Gwent County History Volume V: The Twentieth Century.  (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2013)

Rachel Lock-Lewis, ‘Invention and Paradox, Myth and Reality: Images of Women in Wales’, Vis-a-Vis: Contemporary Welsh artists respond to images of women from the University of South Wales Museum Collection (University of South Wales, 2018)

Forthcoming publications:

Rachel Lock-Lewis will soon publish a peer-reviewed article on changing approaches to parenting in postwar South Wales and a conference paper on gender, marriage and divorce.

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