Black Gold: The History of How Coal Made Britain

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Black Gold: The History of How Coal Made Britain

Black Gold: The History of How Coal Made Britain

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I was disappointed that there was virtually no mention of the technological advancements to clean up the coal burning industries - like electrostatic precipitators and scrubbers - and the effect they had. Britain, he points out, would never have become the world’s first industrial superpower were it not for coal. I interpret literary form and genre as signals for habits of mind and ways of thinking about the world that have material causes as well as long-term effects” (2-3). The seismic influence of coal forces Paxman to spread his ink across politics, economics, art, industry and culture: the grubby rock gets everywhere.

In my youth I didn't understand politics or sociology and was an immensely privileged, obnoxious right winger who was firmly on the side of the government in that struggle. I thought this a fascinating telling of the business that was so needed at one point, has in all likelihood done irreversible damage (and is still doing around the world) to our planet and is closing down in the western world. This book is a highly readable account of the coal industry and the uses to which coal could be put.Indeed, the opening tells the story of one of the UK's worst pit disasters, and such tales are liberally dispersed through the narrative (Gresford, Aberfan and, of course Senghenydd where the Universal Colliery killed 439 miners in the blink of an eye) showing the human cost of coal mining. The long, slow decline in the British coal industry covered the union/owners/government interactions in great detail, but how the out-of-work miners coped was explored only superficially.

A rich seam of history … Coal made Britain top nation, but we don’t talk about it much … Much more than the story of an industry: it is a history of Britain from an unusual angle, vividly told, that throws new light on familiar features of our national landscape … Paxman’s fine narrative powers are at their best in his account of [miner’s strikes] … From its beginnings to its end, the industry that made our country what it is, for good and ill, was a brutal business. Black Gold tells the incredible story of how this filthy rock came to kick start the Industrial Revolution and create almost every aspect of the modern world. Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item. It did pick up again with the final couple of chapters with the confrontations with the Thatcher government. Somehow , someway, I had a sneaking suspicion good ol' Paxo would find a way to take a dig at Trump in a book about coal in Britain.Paxman attempts to be balanced and fair (except when it comes to lawyers whom he refers to as the parasite's parasite, which on the whole is unfair except in the context of the example he gives), but he shows no real insights into the characters of the people involved and who made decisions which saved or decimated the industry. often drowns out the voice of exhaustion” — the sense that industrial Britain was “living on borrowed time” (9).

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