Specialist Subjects: Modern Wales, Leisure and Sports History, Contemporary History, post-1945 Britain
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 last book was 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. Further information and supporting material for the book can be accessed at the book's website.
I am currently working on projects on the histories of Christmas and British boxing and on the role of history in Welsh culture. My work on Christmas will be for a book looking at the festival in Britain from 1914 to the present day.
I co-edit the journal Sport in History, am a past chairman of the British Society of Sports History and a current executive member of Llafur: The Welsh People's History Society.
I am a regular contributor on history, sport and politics to the Welsh print and broadcast media. I tweet about history at @martinjohnes
To access many of these papers please visit http://swansea.academia.edu/MartinJohnes
Wales since 1939 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012).
(ed.) Swansea 'til I Die: A Century of Supporting the Swans (Swansea City Supporters' Trust, 2012).
A History of Sport in Wales (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2005)
(ed., with Paul Darby & Gavin Mellor), Soccer and Disaster: International Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2005)
Soccer and Society: South Wales, 1900-39 (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2002)
(with Iain McLean), Aberfan: Government and Disasters (Cardiff: Welsh Academic Press, 2000)
Book-chapters and journal articles
'Popular lesiure', in Chris Williams & Andy Croll (eds), The Gwent County History Vol. 5: The Twentieth Century (Cardiff: University of Wales Press), 228-40.
'Cardiff: The Making and Development of the Capital City of Wales', Contemporary British History, 26, 4 (2012), 509-28.
‘Wales: in search of a history’, BBC History Magazine, 13, 1 (2012), 26-7.
The Heroes of Recent Welsh Political History’ and ‘The Welsh RugbyTeam: The Ultimate Welsh Heroes?’ in Huw Bowen (ed.), Heroes and Villains in Welsh History (Gomer Press, 2012).
‘Wales and the Cold War’, Llafur, 10, 4 (2011), 5-15.
‘Did Wales really swing in the Sixties?’ and ‘Was Thatcher really bad for Wales?’ in Huw Bowen (ed.), A New History of Wales: Myths and Realities (Gomer Press, 2011).
‘On writing contemporary history’, North American Journal of Welsh Studies, 6, 1 (2011), 20-31.
(with Matthew Taylor), ‘Boxing in history’, Sport in History, 31, 4 (2011), 357-62.
‘Wales, history and Britishness’, Welsh History Review, 25, 4 (2011), 596-61.
'Stories of a postindustrial hero: The death of Johnny Owen', Sport in History, 31, 4 (2011), 444-63.
‘Best of enemies? England and Wales’, BBC History Magazine, 12, 2 (2011).
‘Textos, leitores e pós-modernismo: O romance como fonte na história do esporte’, Recorde: Revista de História do Esporte Artigo, 3, 2 (2010).
‘Fußall und nationale Identität in Wales’, in Christian Koller & Fabian Brändle (eds), Fussball Zwischen Den Kriegen (Lit Verlaf: Zürich, 2010), 87-107.
‘For class and nation: dominant trends in the historiography of twentieth-century Wales’, History Compass, 8/11 (2010): 1257–74.
'On the cusp: into the Calzaghe era', in Peter Stead and Gareth Williams, eds., Wales and its Boxers: The Fighting Tradition (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2008), 192-208.
‘Populism: Overview’, in Peter N. Stearns, ed., The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Modern World (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), Volume 6, pp. 326-328.
'British Sports History: The Present and Future', [North American] Journal of Sport History, 35 (2008), 65-71
'We hate England! We hate England? National identity and anti-Englishness in Welsh soccer fan culture', Cycnos, 25 (2008), 143-157
'A prince, a king and a referendum: rugby, politics and nationhood in Wales, 1969-1979', Journal of British Studies, 47 (2008), 129-148
‘Texts, audiences and postmodernism: the novel as source in sport history’, [North American] Journal of Sport History, 34 (2007), 121-133
'Pigeon racing and working-class culture in Britain, c.1850-1950', Cultural and Social History, 4 (2007), 361-383
'Archives, truths and the historian at work: a reply to Doug Booth’s ‘Refiguring the Archive', Sport in History, 27 (2007), 127-135
'Inventing a county: Cardiff, South Glamorgan and the 1974 reorganization of local government', Welsh History Review, 23 (2006), 153-174
'Student perceptions of research in teaching-led higher education', Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education, 5 (2006), 28-40
(with Gavin Mellor), 'The 1953 FA Cup final: modernity and tradition in British culture', Contemporary British History, 20 (2006), 263-280
'Putting the history into sport: on sports history and sports studies in the UK', [North American] Journal of Sport History, 31 (2004), 145-160
'Heads in the sand: football, politics and crowd disasters in twentieth-century Britain', in P. Darby, M. Johnes and G. Mellor, eds., Soccer and Disaster: International Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2005), 10-27
(with Paul Darby and Gavin Mellor), 'Soccer and disasters: a conceptual framework', in Paul Darby, Martin Johnes and Gavin Mellor, eds., Soccer and Disaster: International Perspectives (London: Routledge, 2005), 1-9
' "Every day when I wake up I thank the Lord I’m Welsh": Sport and national identity in post-war Wales', in A. Smith and D. Porter, eds., Sport and National Identity in the Post-War World (London: Routledge, 2004), 52-68
(with Andy Croll), 'A heart of darkness? Leisure, respectability and the aesthetics of vice in Victorian Wales', in M. Huggins and J. A. Mangan, eds., Disreputable Pleasures? Vicious Victorians at Play (London: Routledge, 2004), 153-171
(with Ian Garland), ' "The new craze": football and society in north-east Wales, c.1870-1890', Welsh History Review, 22 (2004), 278-304
'The teaching-research nexus in a sports history module', Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism Education, 3 (2004), 47-52
'Archery, romance and elite culture in England and Wales, c.1780-1840', History, 89 (2004), 193-208
(with Rhiannon Mason), 'Soccer, public history and the National Football Museum', Sport in History, 23 (2003), 115-131
'Mushrooms, scandal and bankruptcy: the short life of Mid Rhondda Football Club', The Local Historian, 32 (2002), 41-53
'Poor man’s cricket: baseball, class and community in South Wales, c.1880-1950', International Journal of the History of Sport, 17 (2000), 153-166
(with Iain McLean), ' "Regulation run mad": The Board of Trade and the loss of the Titanic', Public Administration, 78 (2000), 729-749
'Eighty minute patriots? National identity and sport in modern Wales', International Journal of the History of Sport, 17 (2000), 93-110
'Hooligans and barrackers: crowd disorder and soccer in south Wales, 1906-39', Soccer and Society, 1 (2000), 19-35
'Uneasy relationships: local politics, Merthyr Tydfil Borough County Council and the Aberfan disaster', Welsh History Review, 20 (2000), 143-166
'Aberfan and the management of trauma', Disasters: The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management, 24 (2000), 1-17
(with Iain McLean), 'Regulating gifts of generosity: the Aberfan Disaster Fund and the Charity Commission', Legal Studies, 19 (1999), 380-396
'Fred Keenor: a Welsh soccer hero', The Sports Historian, 18 (1998), 105-119.