Sons of Vulcan

Ironworkers and Steelmen in Scotland

By Robert Duncan

Format: Paperback

Presents Scotland's industrial history and the people who helped to shape it. This book focuses on the men and boys who mastered heat and fire to make and shape iron in furnaces, forges, mills and foundries before, during, and after the industrial revolution.

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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This is the first substantial history of iron and steel workers in Scotland, covering over 300 years of labor and working conditions in heavy industry. It focuses on the men and boys who mastered heat and fire to make and shape iron in furnaces, forges, mills and foundries before, during, and after the industrial revolution. The second part of the book concentrates on working lives in steel production from the beginning of the industry in the 1870s until its demise in the 1990s. Themes include skill and changing technology, master worker relations and conflict, and trade union responses. There are profiles and case studies of key workers: iron smelters, steel melters, iron puddlers, rollers and moulders. This lavishly illustrated, informative account of working lives in two of Scotland's most important industries is based on a wide range of published work and primary sources, and uses personal testimony of workers, diaries, biographies, and interviews to give voice to direct experience of work and struggle. This book is a companion volume to the same author's acclaimed study, "The Mineworkers", published by Birlinn in 2005.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 20 May 2009
ISBN 9781841587691
Number of Pages 240

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'With a period spanning over 300 years, to produce a work in which the lives and times of the workforce of the Scottish iron and steel industry are so meticulously detailed is a commendable achievement'

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