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By D. Gareth Evans

This article goals to hide 4 major zone of swap throughout the twentieth century: the political scene, social adjustments, fiscal advancements and tradition and academic beneficial properties. The ebook is split into major chronological sections: the 1st half examines the interval from 1900-1945; whereas the second one lines the alterations in Welsh background from 1945 to 2000. every one bankruptcy is sub-divided to make analyzing more straightforward.

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Nonconformists had spent the best part of two centuries trying to win liberties for the individual believer in the face of hostile state oppression. It was hardly surprising that they were deeply suspicious of the socialist creed with its apparent emphasis on nationalization and state action. The traditional Nonconformist message of individual responsibility and individual moral Organized Religion and Social History 41 regeneration made the acceptance of a collectivist creed extremely difficult, if not impossible.

Welsh steelmaking revived as new blast furnaces were opened at the longstagnant works at Blaenavon and Ebbw Vale. The John Summer works in Shotton on Deeside opened more blast furnaces, while the rayon factory at Flint began a new era of textile manufacture. Overall, Wales basked in the sunshine of affluence and economic growth on the home front. For a brief period after 1918 the prosperity and economic vigour of the wartime years continued. There were new pits opened up near Wrexham in 1923. Collieries were booming in 1919 with coal exports from Welsh ports rising from 2,092,289 tons in December 1918 to 2,993,850 tons a year later.

It would be misleading, however, to view the New Theology as a socialist 40 Part I 1906–1945 message in religious garments; rather it was a fusion of modern liberal theology with a heightened social conscience. It emphasized the immanence of God in the creation, the moral value of Jesus’ example and teachings, and the evolutionary process of history culminating in the perfecting and ultimate uniting of the whole creation. The stress on morality and unity led naturally into a discussion of society and a condemnation of the existing economic and industrial system.

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