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Coal Mining in the East Neuk of Fife - by John McManus (Hardcover)

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Coal-mining in the East Neuk was an industry which began many centuries ago, flourished all too briefly, and ultimately declined. It provided a crucial driver to industrial development in the East Neuk of Fife, from medieval times until the late twentieth century. In the early days of the industry, the coals were recovered on the shoreline or from valley slopes where their excavation was relatively simple. As the easily accessible seams were exhausted it became necessary to dig deeper. Thus, a need for a detailed understanding of the rocks beneath the surface became essential. Knowledge of 'how and why' the rocks formed as they did in past geological times developed, as did expertise in how to cope with the difficulties presented by their geologically turbulent formation. The welfare of the miners and their families was also a key factor as the industry grew and developed. John McManus surveys the geology and social history of the mines in the East Neuk and of the people who explored, owned, and laboured in the area. Applying a deep understanding, gained from his lifelong interest and scholarly achievements in studying of the geology of the area, the author takes the reader on a graphic and fascinating tour of the mining industry in this beautiful part of Fife. In so doing, he shines a light on aspects of its cultural and economic history which have, until now, remained almost unknown. [Subject: Scottish History, Mining History]
Number of Pages: 188
Genre: Science, Business + Money Management, History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Paul & Co Pub Consortium
Author: John McManus
Language: English
Street Date: August 16, 2017
TCIN: 53078467
UPC: 9781780460727
Item Number (DPCI): 248-53-8868
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