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Wales and the Great Famine of the Early Fourteenth Century

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The Great Famine of the early fourteenth century was experienced across northern Europe and generated social and economic disruption as well as significant numbers of deaths, perhaps 10 to 15 per cent of populations in some instances. There is though little or no contemporary comment on famine in Wales in this period and also only limited historical discussion to match. This paper examines the context in which famine could have operated in Wales in this period and also explores available insights into the impact of the Great Famine. The limited material suggests that the experience of Wales was generally akin to that of its neighbours.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2018

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  • Published by the University of Wales Press since its inception in 1960, The Welsh History Review / Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru is the most authoritative journal in its field. This twice-yearly journal is committed to publishing research on Welsh history, from medieval to modern. The internationally-renowned editorial board includes scholars from universities in Wales, the UK, Europe and the United States, whose collective breadth of knowledge contributes to a diverse range of cultural, social, political and economic history.

    Cyhoeddwyd The Welsh History Review / Cylchgrawn Hanes Cymru gan Wasg Prifysgol Cymru ers sefydlu'r cyfnodolyn yn 1960. Hwn yw'r cyfnodolyn mwyaf awdurdodol yn ei faes, a'i brif hanfod yw arddangos amrywiaeth eang o feysydd ymchwil ym maes hanes Cymru, o'r canoloesol hyd at y modern. Ar y bwrdd golygyddol, ceir ysgolheigion o brifysgolion Cymru, y Deyrnas Unedig, Ewrop a'r Unol Daleithiau. Adlewyrchir arbenigeddau'r bwrdd yng nghynnwys y cyfnodolyn, sydd yn ymdrin â hanes diwylliannol, cymdeithasol, gwleidyddol ac economaidd.

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