The Historiography of the British Coal Industry
49 Pages Posted: 25 Nov 2015
Date Written: November 1, 2015
This paper reviews the historiography of the British coal industry from the early nineteenth century to the twenty-first. It was written to introduce the three economy volumes of the documentary collection edited by John Benson Coal in Victorian Britain (6 vols., Pickering and Chatto, London, 2011-12) but not published. It concludes that the historiography is unduly narrow and that a new history for new times is needed. Green, feminist and imperial historians especially are encouraged to look at the industry in a fresh light.
Keywords: Britain, coal, industry, historiography
JEL Classification: L72, N50
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