The Conservative Party in Wales, 1945-1997

Author(s) Sam Blaxland

Language: English

Genre(s): Politics

Series: Studies in Welsh History

  • April 2024 · 320 pages ·216x138mm

  • · Paperback - 9781837720811
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781837720828
  • · eBook - epub - 9781837720835

About The Book

Wales is often considered to be one of the most anti-Conservative parts of Britain, with the party unable to connect with voters. The Conservative Party in Wales, 1945–1997 offers a more nuanced perspective as the first book-length study of Wales’s second political party in the decades after the Second World War. From the places where Conservatism was often successful, the book questions why it failed to find any purchase in other parts of Wales, discussing how the party communicated its policies, who its candidates were, and how the party deliberately crafted specific policies ‘for the nation’ – from introducing the first Minister for Welsh Affairs to making Welsh a compulsory subject in schools. Adopting an holistic approach to the party, the book scrutinises activists and prominent Tories at the grassroots, asking what they reveal about understudied aspects of Welsh history, particularly the lives of the Anglicised and socially conservative middle class.


Preface and acknowledgements
List of figures
List of tables
Note on terms and place names
Note on interviews and oral contributions
Chapter One: Defeat and the Response to Labour, 1945–1951
Chapter Two: Affluence and a Changing Wales, 1951–1964
Chapter Three: Modernity and Localism: 1964–1975
Chapter Four: Thatcherism and its Legacy, 1975–1997

About the Author(s)

Author(s): Sam Blaxland

Sam Blaxland is a Post-doctoral Fellow and Tutor in Modern History at Swansea University.

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