Social & Industrial History
The Age of the Automobile
A Social History of 20th Century Britain
Based on the author's series of television programmes, this social history of Britain up to the 1970s explores the impact of motorized transport – whether motor cars, tanks or aircraft – on how and where people lived; the development of mass production industries; and on leisure pursuits and holidays. At the same time, Perkin traces the political and economic decline of Britain as a world power and its 'moral rise as the leading pioneer of the welfare state'. First published in 1976.
Ancestors in the Arctic
A Photographic History of Dundee Whaling
Drawn from the collections of Dundee Art Galleries and Museums, this volume of early photographs shows the sailing ships and the highly skilled crews of the Dundee whaling industry, often set against the dramatic ice seas and landscapes of the Arctic. Offering insights into an almost forgotten aspect of Dundee’s history, the book demonstrates the importance of whaling for the city between the mid 18th century and the First World War.
The Books of Assumption of the Thirds of Benefices
Scottish Ecclesiastical Rentals at the Reformation
The late medieval church was the wealthiest single landowner in Scotland, with an annual income ten times that of the crown. Compiled for the crown – and the tax-gatherer – the Books of Assumption surveys the incomes of church properties in Scotland (except Argyll and the Isles) in the 1560s. Presented here in calendared form, it provides an enormous amount of data on the church's income and expenditure and the society in which it played such an important part.