Capitalism, Community and Conflict - The South Wales Coalfield 1898-1947, by Chris Williams
Published by the University of Wales Press in 1998, 146 pages. Paperback (N4830)
From the rear side cover: The development of the coal industry in south Wales gave birth to a new society. Characterized by rapid population growth, urbanization of the mining valleys, friction between capitalists and workers and the development of a distinctive popular culture, this society reached its zenith in the early decades of the twentieth century. The 1920s and 1930s brought soaring unemployment, economic hardship and a determination to challenge fascism at home and abroad, while the 1940s afforded opportunities for collective planning which led to the public ownership of the coal industry in 1947.
This book reasses the turbulent, dramatic and celebrated history of the south Wales coalfield from the foundations of the South Wlaes Miners Federation in 1898 to the nationalization of the coal industry in 1947. Chapters include:
- Historical Perspectives
- The Rise and Fall of the South Wales Coalfield
- The Industry
- Trade Unionism
The condition of the book is generally good. The cover has some minor scuffs, blemishes and creases, and some light wear along the edges and corners, but the spine is tight and intact, and all pages are intact, unblemished, and tightly bound.