political studies

October 2003

vii +139 pp+32pp of photos



978 1 86057 0759 


mebyon kernow & cornish nationalism

Bernard Deacon, Dick Cole & Garry Tregidga

'..fascinating and detailed...in providing the first and long-awaited definitive academic study of Mebyon Kernow and its position in the wider Cornish movement, this timely book provides a valuable addition both to the growing literature on European sub-state nationalist movements.
Adrian Lee, Cornish Studies (12)

'For anyone with an interest in Cornish politics, Mebyon Kernow and Cornish Nationalism is a must for the shelf. It's an enlightening read and refreshingly frank and candid'
Cornish World

'an altogether engaging, inspiring and rousing read'
Western Morning News

'This book...is a timely and significant contribution to our understanding of the political diversity of the modern British State'
Professor Philip Payton, Director of the Institute of Cornish Studies

'This book will fill a much needed place on the shelves of every Cornish bookshop and library and also be of great interest to students of European regionalist and nationalist movements.'
Dr Ronald Perry,
formally Head of Business Studies, Cornwall College

Mebyon Kernow - the Party for Cornwall has been at the forefront of the campaign for Cornish self-government for over 50 years. Mebyon Kernow and Cornish Nationalism is the first book to fully address the issue of political nationalism in Cornwall. It traces the growth of a Cornish national consciousness throughout the twentieth century, the foundation of MK in 1951 and its evolution from a cultural pressure group into a fully-fledged political party.

Based on a range of primary sources and a number of interviews, this book investigates Mebyon Kernow's role within the wider Cornish movement, which also generated two breakaway political parties, a revived medieval institution of self-government, a range of short-lived pressure groups and, most recently, 50,000 individual declarations calling for a Cornish Assembly

Bernard Deacon is a Lecturer in Cornish Studies in the University of Exeter's Department of Lifelong Learning. Dr Garry Tregidga is the Deputy Director of the Institute of Cornish Studies and Project Director of the Cornish Audio Visual Archive (CAVA) as well as the chairman of the Cornish History Network. Dick Cole is the Party Leader of Mebyon Kernow - the Party for Cornwall.

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