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British students should learn about their own island history first

Map showing migration routes of the early English
Map showing migration routes of the early English

Recently, the liberal Guardian newspaper reported plans to teach Oxford students more about “non-British, non-European” subjects as a concerted move away from so-called ‘Eurocentric’ historical narratives reflecting the increasing ‘diversity’ of the university body and wider society, apparently.

This prompted a letter from Dr Meg Ellis, from Caernarfon, Gwynedd, in Wales, published in the newspaper on Wednesday, the 31st of May, which said:

“Comforting though it is to see that Oxford students will have to study for exams on “non-British, non-European” topics (Report, 29 May). I wonder whether they might consider studying non-English “British” topics? What does the average student know, for instance, about the Rebecca Riots, the Treason of the Blue Books, Tryweryn, Senghennydd, Pont Trefechan? But then it’s only Wales, so it doesn’t matter, does it?”

Quite.

And the same could be said about various aspects of native English, Scottish and Irish history that doesn’t fit into the safe, politically correct, multicultural island story being promoted nowadays by the educational establishment, assuming the history of the British isles isn’t ditched altogether, of course.

Meanwhile, read more about those aspects of Welsh history mentioned above.