The History of the British Coal Industry: Volume 4: 1914-1946: The Political Economy of Decline

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byBarry Supple

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This volume studies the decline of a staple industry at a time of worldwide upheaval caused by war and economic slump. In 1913 British coalmining was at the height of its achievement and prosperity; by 1946 it was an ominous symbol of twentieth-century Britain's inability to adapt totechnological and economic change and its social consequences. Written in the light of industrial and government records, this study gives full weight to the political aspects of economic decision-making and economic change. It demonstrates the extent to which the problems of the coal industry were, and still are, deeply rooted in its social, political, andeconomic history. It is also a classic case study of inflexibility in British industry.

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This volume studies the decline of a staple industry at a time of worldwide upheaval caused by war and economic slump. In 1913 British coalmining was at the height of its achievement and prosperity; by 1946 it was an ominous symbol of twentieth-century Britain's inability to adapt totechnological and economic change and its social cons...

Barry Supple is a Professor of Economic History at Cambridge University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:752 pages, 9.06 × 6.1 × 1.61 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019828294X

ISBN - 13:9780198282945

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'The analysis is wide-ranging, conducted at appropriate depth, and carried along with a verve that makes for interesting and informative reading ... a work of solid craftmanship ... which may be used with confidence not only by students of coal but by those concerned with business history ingeneral in a twentieth-century context.'Neil K. Buxton, Hatfield Polytechnic, Business History