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In the Shadows of Giants: A Social History of the Belfast Shipyards (Hardback)

In the Shadows of Giants: A Social History of the Belfast Shipyards (Hardback)

Kevin Johnston

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A Social History of the Belfast Shipyards presents life and shipbuilding from the industrial revolution to 1970 as Belfast is transformed from a small, lively provincial city into a fully-fledged manufacturing giant.

Gill Books. 2008 1st Edition Hardback with Dust jacket. Out of print. Our last copies!

Belfast took on the appearance of a typical nineteenth-century industrial centre, similar to many others in north-west Britain. Belfast and its surrounding region became very much a part of that larger British manufacturing economy which was the symbol of the imperial heyday. As such, it looked physically different from other Irish cities and towns and that, in turn, had implications for its politics.

In telling the story of Harland & Wolff, Workman Clark and the other Belfast yards, Kevin Johnston is in effect writing a social history of the city of Belfast from 1850 to 1970. By the latter date, as Belfast was sinking into the quagmire of the Troubles, the great days were gone. In common with many post-industrial areas, Belfast struggled to keep pace with the changing world.

But for over a century it had been one of the great shipbuilding powerhouses in the world, and the city we know developed in the shadow of this enterprise.

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Author Kevin Johnston
Publisher Gill Books
Publication date 29 Oct 2008
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9780717144358

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