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This set of four volumes on the steel industry includes: the structure of the early iron industry; the development of mass steel production; technological developments; economic and political issues caused by world competition; and the steel industry as both a nationalized and privatized industry.
Volume 1: the output of the British iron industry before 1870; early refining of pig iron in England; the continental origins of Wealden ironworkers, 1451-1544; the management of a 16th-century ironworks; the Cumbrian iron industry in the 17th century; genesis and structure of the Foley "Ironworks in Partnership" of 1692; the Foley partnerships - the iron industry at the end of the Charcoal Era; the South Yorkshire ironmasters (1690-1750); the growth of the English iron industry, 1660-1760; the charcoal iron industry and its fuel, 1540-1750; was there an energy crisis in Great Britain in the 17th century?; Abraham Darby (I and II) and the coal-iron industry; the Midland iron industry in the early 18th century; the adoption of coke-smelting by the British iron industry, 1709-1790; technological change in the British wrought iron industry, 1750-1815 - a reinterpretation; wrought iron; the iron industry; the adoption of the hot blast by the British iron industry - a reinterpretation; the Scottish iron and steel industry before the hot-blast. Volume 2: the growth of the British steel industry in the late 19th century; the steel industry before World War I; the establishment of the Scottish steel industry; British steel and Spanish ore - 1871-1914; Scandinavian iron ore mining and the British steel industry, 1870-1914; some locational factors in the iron and steel industry since the early 19th century; changes in location of the South Wales iron and steel industry, 1860-1930; progress in iron and steel - 1870-1913; iron and steel manufactures; international differences in productivity? coal and steel in America and Britain before World War I; the "most notable single instance" of entrepreneurial failure - the neglect of the basic process; the relative decline of the British steel industry, 1880-1913; entrepreneurship and technical progress in the North-East Coast pig-iron industry, 1850-1913; international competition in iron and steel, 1850-1913; the professor as industrial consultant - Oliver Arnold and the British steel industry, 1900-14; the profitability of Consett Iron Company before 1914; the development of the Cargo Fleet Iron Company, 1900-14; corporate strategy and accounting systems; management, competition and industrial relations - the Midlands manufactured iron trade 1873-1914; industrial relations and uneven development - a comparative study of the American and British steel industries. Volume 3: iron and steel; the economics of steelmaking; efficiency and organization in Scotland's iron and steel industry during the interwar period; hope, inefficiency or public duty? The United Steel companies and West Cumberland, 1918-39; a study of mergers in the Scottish iron and steel industry, 1916-36; the second industrial survey of South Wales; government and industry in the 1920s; government and industry in the 1930s; regional economic policy and the long-run. Volume 4: politics and the steel industry - post-1950 (Part contents.)