Open Access Presidential Scholars Thesis
Susan Rochette-Crawley, Chair
Wales, the tiny country that along with Scotland, Northern Ireland, and England makes up the United Kingdom, has always been a land of great contrasts and conflicts. From the rocky northern crags of Snowdonia to the sunny (for Britain) beaches of South Wales, the land itself seems to foster divisions, cultural and political as well as physical. The Welsh are likewise a mixed population, containing major populations of English immigrants and other "foreigners" drawn to the country for job opportunities, political refuge, as well as retirees enthralled with the landscape and change of pace from the rapid urbanization of much of the rest of the UK. All this in addition to the Britons who first settled the British Isles, and who have gradually been pushed into its farthest comers -- Wales, northern Scotland, western Ireland -- by wave after wave of successive invaders over millennia, each group intent upon claiming superiority and making the entire island bow to its customs, rule, and language.
Date of Award
Department of Languages and Literatures
Presidential Scholar Designation
A paper submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation Presidential Scholar
1 PDF file (24 pages)
©2017 Kim Mercer
Mercer, Kim, "The Welsh language: Cultural preservation or a losing battle?" (2004). Presidential Scholars Theses (1990 – 2006). 24.