Coal: The Rise and Fall of King Coal in New Zealand

Coal: The Rise and Fall of King Coal in New Zealand

by Matthew Wright

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From hero to zero, coal has taken New Zealand on a rollercoaster ride since its glory days as the hero fuel of colonial-age New Zealand.

Coal was the fuel on which the colony grew – the stuff that made possible the heating, cooking and lighting essential to family life, a lifestyle exalted during two World Wars and a depression. Coal was pivotal to the country’s growth, even as everybody grumbled about the mess. The men who dug it out of the ground had to keep digging, come what may, but were widely feared to be planning the overthrow of society. Even when coal was dislodged by electricity and clean-burning gas, the stuff lurked behind the scenes.

Then, as the twenty-first century rolled around, coal changed its face again, becoming the demon-child of climate change. Its hero journey was over, and into that mix came the tragedy at Pike River, reminding the nation that coal mining was as dangerous as ever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781775481263
Publisher: Bateman
Publication date: 11/19/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Matthew Wright is one of New Zealand’s most published historians, and his work has received both academic and popular recognition. He has written over 50 books on topics ranging from travel guides to biography, engineering, military and social history. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society at University College, London. His most recent book for Bateman was the Illustrated History of New Zealand.

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