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'We are a Motley Crowd': Welsh Parliamentary Liberalism and the New Journalism of the 1890s

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The New Journalism in Britain from the 1880s redefined the relationship between reporters and reported, extending both the role of the press and notions of individual celebrity. This article considers the use of this genre in reporting the fortunes of Liberal MPs as their party entrenched itself as the political establishment in Wales but lost power as a force for reform. It contends that press engagement with Liberal politics during Gladstone's final administration marked a cultural shift from the discourse of collective heroism to a more sceptical attitude to individuals who purported to speak for Wales. It argues that New Journalism, originally the preserve of Conservative-leaning newspapers in Wales, eventually induced those who espoused the Liberal cause to lose faith in it.
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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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