Social & Industrial History
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 Plagues of London
For more than 400 years from the mid-14th century, bubonic plague was Europe's most deadly disease, profoundly affecting people's outlook and behaviour across the continent. As an international seaport, London was especially vulnerable; its last and most serious outbreak in 1665 killed around one fifth of the city's population. Porter's vivid history uses the accounts of Londoners who lived through the plague to describe its effects on their daily life. Slightly off-mint.