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The Foundations of Modern WalesWales 1642-1780$
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Geraint H. Jenkins

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780192852786

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192852786.001.0001

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The Spirit of Enthusiasm

The Spirit of Enthusiasm

(p.342) Chapter 9 The Spirit of Enthusiasm
The Foundations of Modern Wales

Glanmor Williams

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the gains achieved by Wales in the field of religion and education in the 18th century. It shows how Methodism, led by young men of compelling magnetism, struck genuine roots in Wales from the late 1730s onwards. Its attractive combination of powerful preaching, intimate fellowship, and fervent hymn-singing helped to fulfill the unappeased spiritual cravings of middle sorts. The emergence of Methodism, the rejuvenation of Dissent, and the growth of literacy were formative forces in the making of modern Wales. The chapter further shows how the religious movement helped, in the longer term, to generate and satisfy much of the demand for piety, morality, education, and self-improvement which characterized Welsh life in the 19th century.

Keywords:   Wales, religion, education, Methodism, Dissent, literacy, piety, morality, self-improvement

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