Originally published in 1977, this book concentrates on the period since nationalisation in the history of the coal industry. It provides not only a compact summary for those within the industry but also provides understanding of its problems and achievements for those outside it. The fluctuating world fuel situation threw the fortunes of the coal industry up and down and this book examines these changing fortunes within the context of the new challenges from North Sea oil and other newer sources of fuel.
Table of Contents
1. The Fuel Picture 2. From Scrabbling in the Ground to Exporting Great Treasure 3. Towards Nationalisation 4. What the Nation Took Over 5. The First Board 6. Expanding Horizons 7. The Great turnabout 8. Fight For survival 9. Coal yields further Ground 10. The Sheikhs Take A Hand 11. Coal Industry 1975/76 12. Fuel Policies 1975/76 13. The Future - Must Coal Stay on a Switchback?