Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780708326107 Published August 2013 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780708326114 Published August 2013 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

The South Wales Miners

1964-1985

Ben Curtis

Ben Curtis

Distributed for University of Wales Press

320 pages | 16 halftones, 2 maps | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Cloth $105.00 ISBN: 9780708326107 Published August 2013 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780708326114 Published August 2013 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
The booming coal industry of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was paramount in the rise of modern south Wales, and the miners played a key role in shaping the region’s economics, politics, and society. This book explores the history of Welsh mining between 1964 and 1985, covering the challenges the miners faced, including the concerted effort to diminish the coal industry under the Wilson government, the growth of miners’ resistance, and the eventual defeat of the epic strike of 1984–5. The first full-length academic study of the miners and their union in the later twentieth century, The South Wales Miners will appeal to anyone interested in this significant group of workers within the British labor force.
Hywel Francis, Member of Parliament for Aberavon and founder, South Wales Miners Library
“This is a welcome and significant contribution to our understanding of the radical and benign politics of the south Wales miners in the post-1945 period. Implicitly, it raises questions about the wider legacy of the miners’ union in shaping the devolved Wales of the twenty-first century.”
Contents

Series Editors’ Foreword

Acknowledgments

Abbreviations

List of Illustrations

List of Maps

Note on Capitalisation

 

Introduction: ‘an historical mission to lead in class struggles’

I. The Politics of the South Wales Miners

II. Closures: 1964–1970

III. Struggle: 1970–1974

IV. Interlude: 1974–1979

V. Confrontation: 1979–1983

VI. The Strike: 1984–1985

Conclusion

 

Bibliography

Index

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