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Coal Mining in the East Neuk of Fife

by John McManus

Coal Mining in the East Neuk of Fife Synopsis

Coal mining in Fife has an industrial history of four hundred years, although, in the East Neuk of Fife, despite many accessible and shallow deposits, the industry is long inactive. John McManus provides a survey of the geology and a history of the socio-economic factors that led to the rise and decline of the industry in this area.

Coal Mining in the East Neuk of Fife Press Reviews

'John McManus is a geologist and former lecturer at the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews. This is clearly a subject that he knows extremely well and one that he is still actively researching. He presents what could have been a rather dry and dusty subject in a most engaging manner. Although firmly rooted in the underlying geology. John takes in the social history and the transport that is so much a part of any mining area.But this is also a story of the people of the East Neuk, for it's the miners and their families that make the story really live. This is truly a memorial to those people and their endeavors. The story goes back several centuries and ended what seems like an age ago. but yet in reality within the lifespan of many who are still living today. But like the mining history of any area of the UK seems to be in the dim and distant past. for it's an age that will never again return.This is one of very few books that review the history of a local coalfield that have been written by a geologist. The result is that account is rooted in the earth, quite literally. It gives things a slightly different perspective that's rooted in the realities of the coalfield and they are determined to a large extent by the geology. This is an extremely good read.'Down to Earth - -

Book Information

ISBN: 9781780460727
Publication date: 22nd June 2017
Author: John McManus
Publisher: Dunedin Academic Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 256 pages
Categories: Industrialisation & industrial history, Mining industry, Economic geology,

About John McManus

John McManus BSc, PhD, DSc, FRSE, graduated from the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, University of London. He lectured, first in the University of Dundee, later in the University of St Andrews, where he was appointed Professor in 1993. John McManus has published more than 200 scientific papers and an earlier book on mining in Fife, Mining between Ceres and St Andrews (Windfall Books, 2010), he continues to research the history of the mining industry in East Fife.

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