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 at Swansea University where I teach courses on Modern Wales, post-1945 Britain 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 boxing, Cardiff during the Second World War, and a book on Wales’ relationship with England.
A full list of my academic publications can be downloaded from here.
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’ Trust, 2012).
- Wales since 1939 (Manchester University Press, 2012).
- Christmas and the British: A Modern History (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016).