The Mining Industry

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This collection traces the key developments in the modern coal mining industry from its early beginnings in the 18th century to the present day. Developments in mining techniques, the impact of industrialization on demand for fuel and the economic importance of coal are all discussed. The reasons for British dominance during the period 1870-1914. The subsequent growth of overseas markets between the two world wars, and the need to adjust to the development of new energy sources in the second half of the 20th century are among the other important issues included.

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This four-volume set collects reprinted articles that depict the story of the development of the British coal industry from its early industrialization to today, when the industry is of only minor significance to the well-being of the economy. Volume I covers the influence of the coal industry in the early industrialization of the British economy and its rise to being the premier industrial nation prior to 1870. Volume II considers the late 19th century when, despite the rapid growth of output, some concerns began to be expressed about the large scale of coal exports, falling labor productivity, and rising coal prices. Volume III focuses on the effects of increased competition, reduced markets, and attempts of the state to aid the industry. Volume IV considers the reasons for the change from early optimism under public sector control to the virtual demise of the industry. No index. Distributed by St. Martin's Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860640728
  • Publisher: I.B. Tauris & Co Ltd
  • Publication date: 10/15/1997
  • Series: Tauris Industrial Histories Series
  • Edition description: BOXED
  • Pages: 1650
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 6.10 (d)

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David McDowall is an acknowledged expert on the Kurds and author of Palestine and Israel: The Uprising and Beyond (IBT 1989).
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Table of Contents

Volume 1 Pre-1870: The early development of the British mining industry. Volume 2 1870-1914: The heyday of the British mining industry. Volume 3: Mining in the era of the world wars. Volume 4 Post-1947: Mining under public sector control.

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