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Atlantic Europe in the First Millennium BCCrossing the Divide$
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Tom Moore and Xosê-Lois Armada

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567959

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199567959.001.0001

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Becoming Welsh

Becoming Welsh

Modelling First Millennium BC Societies in Wales and the Celtic Context

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Atlantic Europe in the First Millennium BC

Raimund Karl

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Welsh societies in the first millennium BC, covering the topics of social attachment, increasing returns, upward social mobility, social differentiation, and the evolution of hierarchy. As these changes took place in what was most likely a Celtic linguistic environment, and were affected by and in turn affected the linguistic evolution of the Celtic languages, they can justly be called Celtic social evolutionary processes, and the societies they affected were Celtic societies. While these Celtic societies were neither unchanging nor uniform, they were nonetheless structurally similar, and it is the specific co-evolution of societies and the terminology to describe them that ultimately made the medieval Welsh what they were: characteristically and identifiably Welsh.

Keywords:   Welsh societies, social change, social transformation, Wales, hierarchy, Celtic society, social attachment, social mobility

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