Black Gold: The History of How Coal Made Britain

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Black Gold: The History of How Coal Made Britain

Black Gold: The History of How Coal Made Britain

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Not only did coal free men and women from the cold of the seasons, it also freed them from darkness. Equally important, Britain’s main interest in Africa lay much farther north because it needed to protect Egypt and the Suez Canal, the lifeline to its richest colony, India. The authors intend, I think, to trouble their readers, but some of the ways in which their book troubled me were to do with their approach.

He has also written many books including the best-selling The English, On Royalty and Friends in High Places. and that “at the front lines of extractive imperialism, anthroturbation becomes cultural practice” (136).

Written in the captivating style of his bestselling book The English, Paxman ranges widely across Britain to explore stories of engineers and inventors, entrepreneurs and industrialists – but whilst coal inevitably helped the rich become richer, the story told by Black Gold is first and foremost a history of the working miners – the men, women and often children who toiled in appalling conditions down in the mines; the villages that were thrown up around the pit-head. Black Gold tells the incredible story of how this filthy rock came to kick start the Industrial Revolution and create almost every aspect of the modern world.

It symbolised a hope for a brighter, cleaner future, making after-dark streets available to respectable people and allowing everyone to see where they were going.The first half is about the rise of coal mining and how coal became the main source of power for Britain, with chapters dedicated to specific kinds of technology like railways or steamships (I really liked this chapter) and their impact.

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