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Reader in History and Classics, Swansea University

I teach and research the 20th century history of Wales and Britain. I am particularly interested in questions of identity and popular culture and I've published various books and articles that look at popular sports, obscure sports, national identity, historiography, disasters and local government.

My books include: "Wales since 1939" (Manchester University Press, 2012). It's the first major survey of Wales in this period and has a particular emphasis on social history and national identity.

My latest book is "Christmas and the British: A Modern History" (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016), a cultural, social and economic history of the festival since 1914.

I am currently working on the history of race and British boxing and the place of history in Welsh culture.

I am a regular contributor on history, sport and politics to the Welsh print and broadcast media. I tweet about history at @martinjohnes


  • –present
    Reader in History and Classics, Swansea University