The Scottish Miners, 1874–1939: Volume 1: Industry, Work and Community, 1st Edition (e-Book) book cover

The Scottish Miners, 1874–1939

Volume 1: Industry, Work and Community, 1st Edition

By Alan Campbell


416 pages

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The Scottish miners experienced enormous changes during these sixty-five years. Enjoying a high degree of autonomy underground throughout the nineteenth century, their work situation was transformed in the twentieth as Scotland became the most intensively mechanised of the British coalfields. Grievances generated by this change led to strike rates in Scotland being up to ten and fifteen times higher than in the major English coalfields. Such militancy displayed considerable geographical variation however, and the translation of grievances into industrial conflict was mediated by variables rooted in the community as well as the pit. A central theme of this volume is to explore the differences between the four principal mining regions in Scotland through the detailed study of ten localities within them. This innovative, two-tiered comparison is used to analyse the competing loyalties of class, gender and ethnicity, to map the uneven terrain of popular protest and social disorder, and to challenge traditional stereotypes of ’a peaceable kingdom’. This historical sociology of the Scottish coalfields frames the analysis of trade unionism and politics which is developed in the companion volume to this book.


'… impressive and scholarly analysis.' English Historical Review '… a massive research project… an impressive range of source materials… painstaking analysis… The two volumes of The Scottish Miners comprise an outstanding contribution to knowledge and represent the highest standards of scholarship.' Scottish Economic and Social History '…a well argued, highly detailed and closely documented account…' Labour History Review 'Alan Campbell's two-volume work […] represents a tour de force of an often forgotten industrial region… Campbell's two volumes represent a major work of social and labour history.' Mitteilungsblatt des Instituts für Soziale Bewegungen

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Coal and capital; The independent collier; Mechanisation; Localities and social structures; Housing, women’s work and gender relations; Authority relations and social order; Ethnic and religious identities; Conclusion; Index.

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HISTORY / General