The author

 a Welshman can only offer his own interpretation of what has gone into the making of his people. It reveals, as it must, the limitations imposed by nearness, and by the operation within himself of the forces he has tried to describe.

Wyn Griffith, The Welsh (Penguin, 1950)

I work at the Department of History and Classics at Swansea University where I teach courses on Modern Wales and sports history.

I’ve published various books and articles that look at popular sports, obscure sports, national identity, disasters and local government. Many of these articles can be downloaded from my academia.edu profile. The article on the history of pigeon racing is my favourite but I’m also quite proud of one about the history of the M4. It’s more interesting than it might sound.

I grew up in a Welsh-speaking community in Pembrokeshire in rural west Wales, before heading off to the brightlights of Cardiff University. After various detours, research and teaching jobs followed at the universities of Oxford and Cumbria.  I joined my current employers in 2006,  tempted by the fact that it allowed me to renew my season ticket at Swansea City FC.

My last book was a history of Christmas in the UK since 1914. I am currently working on projects on the history of popular music, and Cardiff during the Second World War.

A full list of my academic publications can be downloaded from here.

Martin Johnes

Other books by Martin Johnes

  • (with Iain McLean) Aberfan: Government and Disasters (Welsh Academic Press, 2000).
  • Soccer & Society: South Wales, 1900-39 (University of Wales Press, 2002).
  • A History of Sport in Wales (University of Wales Press, 2005).
  • Swansea ’til I die: A Century of Supporting the Swans (Swansea City Supporters’s Trust, 2012).
  • Christmas and the British: A Modern History (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016).

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