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|Description:||xvii, 624 pages,  pages of plates : illustrations, maps, facsimiles ; 24 cm|
|Contents:||Part 1 Towards the age of coal: the era of cheap fuel -from early times to the mid-16th century; from abundance to scarcity - the rise of coal 1550-1700. Part 2 Regional developments and national trends: the coalfields of Britain. Part 3 The production of coal: mines and the techniques of mining; ownership and enterprise; management; labour relations and work discipline; the economics of mining; life and labour in the collieries. Part 4 The consumption of coal: sales and transport; measuring the coal trade; the organization of the East cost trade; the coal industry and the economy in early modern Britain.|
|Responsibility:||by John Hatcher.|
'this is a splendid history, worthy of its subject, and now complete in the five volumes commissioned by an enlightened National Coal Board ... it seems appropriate that the final instalment should