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The Worker's War: British Industry and the First World War

by Anthony Burton

The First World War: famous for the unprecedented loss of life on a global scale that affected the world forever. However, it wasn't only in terms of bloodshed that the war rocked the nation, but also with its...


Life in the Mine

by Anthony Burton

Over 4,000 years of history lie in the seams of British mines. Large-scale coal mining in Britain developed during the Industrial Revolution, providing energy for industry and transportation in industrial areas...


Life in the Mill

by Anthony Burton

For centuries,, most textile manufacturing relied on people working in their own homes. All that changed in 1761 when Richard Arkwright began construction of the first water-powered cotton mill in Derbyshire....


Life on the Railway

by Anthony Burton

The first steam locomotive chuffed its way down the tracks in 1804, but it was not until 1830, with the opening of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, that the Railway Age really got under way. There followed...


Life on the Farm

by Anthony Burton

Though not all of Britain was suitable for arable farming, for centuries life on the farm depended on two things - manpower and horsepower. The first major change began in the 17th century with the enclosure...


Life on the Canal

by Anthony Burton

The working life of Britain's canals lasted for no more than two centuries: it began in the 1760s and by the second half of the 20th century, commercial carrying had all but ended. At the peak of their prosperity...


Matthew Boulton: Industry's Great Innovator

by Anthony Burton & Jennifer Tann

Without Boulton, James Watt would probably have failed to bring his steam engine to market. By the time of their partnership Boulton was already a successful industrialist manufacturing a range of silver and...


The Rise and Fall of British Shipbuilding

by Anthony Burton

This is the story of how, from modest beginnings, Britain rose throughout the 19th century to become the greatest shipbuilding nation in the world. It begins with the age of sail, then moves on to the days of...


History's Most Dangerous Jobs: Miners

by Anthony Burton

Mining is Britain's oldest industry, and this book tells the story of the men and, in the past, women who spent their lives working underground. Geographically the book covers the regions of Devon and Cornwall,...


Canal 250: The Story of Britain's Canals

by Anthony Burton

When a young English nobleman was thwarted in love he abandoned the court, retired to his estate near Manchester and built a canal to serve his coalmines. The Bridgewater Canal was the sensation of the age and...


History's Most Dangerous Jobs: Navvies

by Anthony Burton

This is the story of the men who built Britain's canals and railways - not the engineers and the administrators but the ones who provided the brawn and muscle. There had never been a workforce like the navvies,...