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Copperopolis: Landscapes of the Early Industrial Period in Swansea Paperback – 1 Jan 2008

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  • Paperback: 358 pages
  • Publisher: Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Wales (1 Jan 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1871184320
  • ISBN-13: 978-1871184327
  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 24.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,298,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Swansea was the first industrial region in Wales. In this book, much of the pioneering industrial and social landscape throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is mapped and its significance in the national and international context described. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J Ditchfield on 23 May 2014
Format: Paperback
The book is primarily concerned with the industries which made the Swansea Valley famous, from their early development to their demise. The industries were dominated by the smelting of copper and other metals, the export of coal, and the production of tinplate and pottery.

In the business of copper production, the Swansea region dominated world production for many decades. Successful smelting of copper on a large scale was an immensely difficult process, heavily reliant on the hard-won skills of workers, particularly within the limitations of 18th and early 19th century science.

Far from being proud of their industrial heritage, the Swansea authorities seem to be at best indifferent, at worst ashamed. Fortunately, this book serves to provide an important counterpoint. In fairness to Swansea, its two main museums offer very good displays of aspects of Swansea’s industries. Outside their walls, physical traces of the old industries have largely been swept away. Fortunately, some important remnants have so far escaped destruction, although several allegedly 'preserved' buildings and important machines on the site of the great Hafod Copper Works appear to be undergoing demolition by neglect. The interpretation of these surviving remants, and of the nearby White Rock Industrial Archaeology Park, benefit greatly from this book’s extensive descriptions, photographs and maps. Unfortunately, the book is out of print, so visitors to the museums, who are inspired and keen to learn more, potential customers for this weighty, glossy, beautifully-illustrated book, will be out of luck. (It is, however, available as an ebook).
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