The History of the British Coal Industry: Volume 1: Before 1700: Towards the Age of Coal

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byJohn Hatcher

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This is the eagerly awaited first volume of the definitive History of the British Coal Industry. Well before 1700 Britain had become heavily dependent upon coal for its fuel, and coalmining had taken its place among the nation's staple industries. John Hatcher traces the production and tradeof coal from the intermittent small-scale activity which prevailed in the Middle Ages to the rapid expansion and rising importance which characterized the early modern era. Thoroughly grounded in a formidable range of sources, the book explores the economics and management of mining, the productivity and profitability of colliery enterprise, and the progress of technology. Dr Hatcher examines the owners and operators of collieries and the sources of mining capital, aswell as the colliers themselves, their working conditions and earnings. He argues that the spectacular growth of coal output in this period was achieved more through evolutionary than revolutionary processes. This is a scholarly, detailed, and comprehensive study, which will be an essential source for all historians of the medieval and early modern economy, and fascinating reading for anyone with an interest in the British coal industry.

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This is the eagerly awaited first volume of the definitive History of the British Coal Industry. Well before 1700 Britain had become heavily dependent upon coal for its fuel, and coalmining had taken its place among the nation's staple industries. John Hatcher traces the production and tradeof coal from the intermittent small-scale act...

John Hatcher is at Corpus Christi College.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:642 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.65 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198282826

ISBN - 13:9780198282822

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`it is an independent work of real substance, massively founded on fresh empirical research which not only reworks sources known to Nef but also greatly extends the evidential base for consideration of the nature and development of the industry ... this is not only a work of impressivescholarship but also one which is engaging and very well written ... And it is accessible, eschewing theoretical grandeur in favour of guiding the reader carefully along `the unprepossessing route of empirical evidence'. It is a model of how economic history can and should be written.'Keith Wrightson, Jesus College, Cambridge, EHR, June 1996