- Jul 29, 2012
I actually don't disagree.This is the kindest interpretation. By most practical measures Wales never made it past the 13th century and if you want to be cruel, arguably was never a thing until the English tried to kill it.
There is, blessedly, something of an uptick in the idea of 'Wales as post-colony' going on as we speak. Not that it's my area academically speaking, but my understanding is that the beginnings of this came sort of post devolution. Still sufficiently small a body, mind, that I was told a short essay I wrote on Welsh landscapes and the English Picturesque in late 2018 was "highly original". (In reality, I just took advantage of the gap in the market implicit in the 'three kingdoms' idea to apply existing Irish analysis in a Welsh context. But that's architecture school for you.)As I recall, in the nineties and noughties serious thought was put into revamping how we should imagine, teach and discuss the history of the 'Atlantic archipelago' and the three kingdoms within it. So Wales doesn't even get saved by the post modernists.