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New Perspectives on Welsh Industrial History

The study of industrial history in Wales has long been dominated by coal. The aim of this book is to shift the focus of the field away from coal and toward a more diverse picture of an economy which was changing rapidly. Extending their chronological scope from the early eighteenth- to the late twentieth-century, and encompassing a wider range of industries, the essays in this book combine studies of the internal organisation of workplace and production with outward-facing perspectives of Welsh industry in the context of the global economy. Addressing such topics as employer-led attempts to modernize workplace practices and state-led attempts to attract new investment, the essays in this book offer a selection of insights into the rapidly altering face of industrial Wales.

288 pages | 18 halftones, 12 tables | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

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"Economic history has often existed as a central, but background, feature in studies of modern Wales. This volume highlights the importance of focusing on the economy and the rich yet underexplored histories of industrial Wales. The inclusion of women’s work, cooper, steel, manufacturing, employer perspectives and the post-1945 period are to be particularly welcomed. . . . Bringing together established and early career scholars, the volume promises to be essential reading for students and scholars of modern Wales, and those interested in industrialization, labor relations and company welfare."

Stephanie Ward, Cardiff University

"This original and varied collection of studies extends our knowledge of the economic history of modern Wales by exploring previously neglected features of that history. It breaks away from familiar stereotypes and provides stimulating in-depth analyses of diverse activities and ventures over a period of more than two hundred years, in the process expanding and enriching our understanding of the country’s history as a whole."

Paul O’Leary, Aberystwyth University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations List of Tables and Figures Notes on Contributors Introduction Industrial Wales: historical traditions and approaches - Louise Miskell 1. Welsh Copper: what, when and where? - Chris Evans 2. Enumerating the Welsh-Fr

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