Date of Thesis

5-8-2013

Thesis Type

Honors Thesis (Bucknell Access Only)

Degree Type

Bachelor of Arts

Department

International Relations

First Advisor

Alejandra Roncallo

Abstract

Abstract This honors thesis examines the Welsh migrants to Patagonia to determine the role of nationalism on the preservation of their Welsh identity. A dearth of academic research exists surrounding the Patagonian Welsh, and many of the most recent articles were published in the 1960¿s. The thesis will use the experiences of Welsh immigrants to Patagonia in order to uncover a greater understanding of diasporic nationalism. The thesis will discuss the roles of religion, language, isolation, and nationalistic zeal on the perpetuation of Welsh culture in Patagonia. The thesis begins explaining the context within Argentina and Great Britain. It next discusses the Welsh experience within Patagonia and discusses the Welsh cultural identity and it impacts on the settlement. Finally, the thesis compares the Patagonian Welsh with other Welsh migrant groups, specifically those within the United States.

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