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Fife MiningFife, the Mining Kingdom Besides being the definitive work on the history of mining in the Kingdom, the Kingdom of Fife that is, it is packed full of fantastic photographs covering all the mining areas of the county. There are two hundred or so illustrations, representing pits and communities including Longannet, Bowhill, Valleyfield, Comrie, Fordell, Blairenbathie, Lumphinnans, the Nelly, Glencraig, Dundonald, Lochore, Kinglassie, Star, Rothes, Seafield, the Michael, Wellesley and more. The coverage is very comprehensive geographically and there are also many pictures featuring other aspects of mining life, housing, bands, rescue teams, quoiting, football and so on.

Coal Mining in ScotlandScotland's Black Diamonds: Coal Mining in Scotland A comprehensive, easy to understand history of Scottish mining. Made up of self-contained topics the book has been put together so that it can be dipped in and out of. It is suitable for a wide range of readers from secondary school age onwards. Covering the mining industry's history from 1200, its broad range of topics include the origins of coal, serfdom, child miners, miners' family life, disasters and hazards, the effect of the world wars, the iron industry and Nationalisation. Scottish Mining.

Twenty Years Down the MinesTwenty Years Down the Mines A first hand account of the everyday work and woes in this now all but disappeared industry - deceptively ordinary, but you can almost taste the dust. Ian's account of his working life will strike a chord with thousands of ex-miners and bring to life the day to day trials and tribulations of the mining industry. The mines featured in the book are Cardowan, Seafield, and the ill-fated Rothes. Scottish Mining.

Shale VoicesShale Voices This comprehensive work features oral history, local journalism and family history to provide documentation of Scotland's shale mining industry; of the people, communities and generations of families involved, and the cultural and political impact of the industry. It includes numerous photographs, drawings, poetry and short stories which should appeal to any reader with an interest in Scotland's social and cultural history. Scottish Mining.

Colliers Across the SeaColliers Across the Sea: A Comparative Study of Class Formation in Scotland and the American Midwest, 1830-1924 (Working Class in American History S.) This masterful study charts the extensive common ground and telling differences between two widely separated coal-mining communities: Lanarkshire, in the Clyde Valley of southwest Scotland, and the northern Illinois coalfield that became a prime destination for skilled Scottish migrant miners in the mid-nineteenth century. Challenging the prevailing exceptionalist paradigm of labor history, John Laslett examines the social, economic, and political context of each of these communities in generous detail. He traces the progressive heightening of class consciousness as the coal industry evolved from skilled hand labor to an increasingly mechanized extraction process and the escalating hostility between miners and mineowners as their interests split along class lines. Examining the rise of militant industrial unionism in both areas, Laslett provides a sophisticated explanation of the American and Scottish miners' divergent approaches to collectivist solutions. Based on a profound knowledge of both communities, "Colliers across the Sea" tells a compelling story of industrial transformation's human costs, of conflict and greed, and of democratic aspirations and community.

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