INTRODUCTION

The British economy before 1914 was heavily dependent on exports. One third of all manufactured goods were for export, with coal, shipbuilding and cotton being the leading export industries. There were over a million miners in Britain in 1914. The rise of overseas competition and increasing use of o...

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Published in: The Women and Men of 1926 p. 1
Main Author: SUE BRULEY
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: University of Wales Press 03-01-2010
Edition: 1
Subjects:
Men
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Summary: The British economy before 1914 was heavily dependent on exports. One third of all manufactured goods were for export, with coal, shipbuilding and cotton being the leading export industries. There were over a million miners in Britain in 1914. The rise of overseas competition and increasing use of oil as an alternative fuel was, however, gradually eroding the pre-eminent position of coal. During the First World War the declining fortunes of the coal industry were masked by government protection. After the war the Mineworkers’ Federation of Great Britain (MFGB) pressed for the industry to be taken into public ownership and
ISBN: 0708324509
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