Empire of Guns
The Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution
Challenging the conventional narratives of cotton mills and inspired innovators, Priya Satia argues that the constant state of war and Britain’s thriving gun trade were driving forces in the Industrial Revolution. Discussing the economic impact of war on political and industrial progress, she scrutinizes the claims by Samuel Galton Jnr, the leading gun manufacturer, that his industry was no worse than any other as everyone was participating in war manufacturing, and that guns were instruments of civilization, essential for preserving property.
A Short History of Trains
Written by a well-known transport expert, this comprehensive history covers the progress of railways from the earliest prototypes and Stephenson’s Rocket through to the bullet trains and Maglev technology of today. With illustrations, maps and diagrams throughout, it shows how railways opened up new continents, supplied the frontlines in wartime and fundamentally changed societies, while also telling the stories of famous lines including the Trans-Siberian and the Orient Express.
The Way We Were
In sections on various kinds of work, including manufacturing, mining, farming, retail, office work and domestic service, this compilation of archive photographs dating from the late-19th to mid-20th century is part of the English Heritage series The Way We Were. Slightly off-mint.
Police Courts in Nineteenth-Century Scotland
Volume 1: Magistrates, Media and the Masses
Sometimes referred to as magistrates’ courts, police courts in 19th-century Scotland dealt with around 85 percent of all civic and criminal offences and they were where urban dwellers were most likely to experience and interact with the law. This volume provides an institutional, social and cultural history of the courts’ establishment, development and functioning. .
Henry Ford, George Selden, and the Race to Invent the Auto Age
When George Seldon was granted the American patent for an ‘improved road engine’ in 1895 his royalties hampered the fledgling automobile industry, but Henry Ford’s 1911 legal challenge saw the copyright lifted and the invention went on to define an era. This account debunks the myths surrounding the industry’s origins, and profiles the business tycoons, maverick inventors and daredevil racers who played a part in establishing it.Slightly off-mint and felt-tip mark on lower trimmed edge.
A Steam Engine Pilgrimage
The broadcaster Anthony Burton shares an account of his experience of travelling around Britain on a variety of different modes of steam-powered transport, framing each of his journeys within its historical context. Among other adventures, he shovels coal into the boiler of an old Clyde Puffer, takes a trip across Windermere on an Edwardian-era launch and hitches a ride in a replica of Richard Trevithick’s ‘Puffing Devil’ with one of the famed engineer's direct descendants.
The 1984–1985 Miners' Strike in Nottinghamshire
'If Spirit Alone Won Battles' The Diary of John Lowe
This diary, kept by the chairman of the Clipstone Colliery strike committee, provides an emotional day-by-day account of events during the dispute that not only led to Lowe’s arrest but would also have a profound effect on the whole nation. Foreword by Dennis Skinner.
Baggage of Empire
Reporting Politics and Industry in the Shadow of Imperial Decline
The former BBC industrial editor Martin Adeney blends memoir and history as he surveys the ruins of great industries and the rise of Thatcherism to reveal how the long decline of the British Empire has shaped the nation.
The Thames Ironworks
A History of East London Industrial and Sporting Heritage
Located in the heart of London’s Docklands, the Thames Iron Works pioneered metal-hulled ships in the mid 19th century, providing employment for much of the East End. Although it closed in 1912, its spirit lives on through the company's football team, which became West Ham United.
Ten Entrepreneurs Who Built Britain
Britain’s wealth and power was built, in reality, by its adventurers and entrepreneurs. Beginning with the Tudor merchants who created the first companies, this history follows the rise of British business through the careers of men such as Thomas Pitt, the saviour of the East India Company, the financier Nathan Rothschild, and William Lever, the philanthropist and creator of Britain’s first multinational, explaining how their endeavours reached beyond their own country to help create the modern commercial world.
Wool and War in Wiltshire
Situated in the lush Wylie Valley, Codford is the site of a very ancient settlement; it has a prehistoric monument (an early Iron Age hillstop enclosure); it stood on an important royal route in medieval times; and in the 20th century, the wartime army camps on Salisbury Plain had a great impact on the parish. This illustrated local history, part of the England’s Past for Everyone series, tells Codford’s story from its origins to the present day.
World Railway Journeys
Across five continents, Julian Holland travelled on some of the world’s most remote and rugged railways, such as the Ferrocarril del Sur, climbing from Peru’s Pacific coast into the high Andes, but he also sought out less well-known railways kept alive by enthusiasts, tourists and heritage-minded governments. Here, he describes 50 journeys – under steam, diesel or electric power – along lines as varied as Le Petit Train Jaune in the French Pyrenees and ‘The Ghan’, crossing Australia from Adelaide to Darwin.
The Workers' War
British Industry and the First World War
Despite early optimism that the First World War would be swiftly concluded and cause little disruption to British life, the long struggle in fact turned British industry on its head, encouraging technological and organizational advances and a rethinking of traditional gender roles as women took the place of men in the factories. This book examines how different industries coped with the demands of the war and the heroic efforts made by ordinary men and women to keep industry moving.
Early Japanese Railways, 1853–1914
Engineering Triumphs that Transformed Meiji-era Japan
Illustrated with a remarkable collection of maps, old photographs, paintings and woodblock prints, this history of the early railways in Japan also illuminates the country's social and cultural history during the 19th and early 20th centuries. After describing Japan in its isolation from the West before 1853, Dan Free traces in detail the introduction of railway technology and the growth of the network up to nationalization in 1912–14. Finally the appendices list railway companies, their locomotives, liveries and crests (shamon).
Ditherington Mill and the Industrial Revolution
Ditherington Mill in Shrewsbury is one of the great monuments to the British Industrial Revolution. Built in 1796-1800, the Spinning Mill is recognized as the world's first iron-framed fireproof building. This study, illustrated with photographs, plans and reproductions, tells the story of the Mill through its life as a linen factory, then as a maltings, and shows how it was linked to the developments in engineering, the textile industry and business practices that were driving the nation's economy forward.