Raymond Williams Featured in 'Booklaunch Magazine' Issue 11 Page 10

Raymond Williams embraced Europeanism and Welsh nationalism. Brexit defeated both. Where does that leave him? Daniel G. Williams


First published in 2003, this collection was the first to bring together Raymond Williams's musings on the meaning and significance of Welsh identity. At the time it seemed to provide a fresh basis for reviewing ideas of nationalism and socialism in Welsh thought. This new edition, with new material and a new afterword, appears at a very different time, following the apparent rejection of Williams's Welsh-European vision by Welsh voters in the 2016 Brexit referendum and the great superstructure of analytical socialism that he subscribed to. Nonetheless, says its editor, Williams remains essential reading on questions of nationhood in Britain and beyond.