Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Trade in Yours
For a £5.54 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

Tell the Publisher!
I’d like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

King Copper: South Wales and the Copper Trade 1584-1895 [Paperback]

Ronald Rees
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
Price: £19.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Want it tomorrow, 2 Oct.? Choose Express delivery at checkout. Details


Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover --  
Paperback £19.99  
Trade In this Item for up to £5.54
Trade in King Copper: South Wales and the Copper Trade 1584-1895 for an Amazon Gift Card of up to £5.54, which you can then spend on millions of items across the site. Trade-in values may vary (terms apply). Learn more

Book Description

15 Mar 2012 0708324916 978-0708324912 second
King Copper is the first full treatment of the impact of the copper industry upon society and environment in south Wales

Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed

Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University of Wales Press; second edition (15 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0708324916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708324912
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,264,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description


"This is a most impressive book that provides a concise and lucid general account of the copper industry in south Wales . . . King Copper is a stimulating study grounded in careful scholarship and written in a lively, confident style. It throws much new light on a vital dimension of South Wales's industrial history and for this reason the book deserves to be widely read." -Welsh History Review

About the Author

Ronald Rees is a retired Professor of Geography at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

Customer Reviews

5 star
3 star
2 star
2.5 out of 5 stars
2.5 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is a narrative history of the development and social impact of a major Industry producing one of the vital raw materials for the industrial age. The production of copper from the crude ores (smelting) is covered in reasonable detail, but this is not a treatise on the applied chemistry of the process. Professor Rees concentrates more on the social and trade aspects of the industry, revealing its origins in the physical geography of the UK and describing the worldwide traffic in copper ores in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He paints a graphic picture of the working conditions in the ships transporting ore to the South Wales coast as well as the smelters there. He also describes the effects of the developing industry on the social as well as the physical geography of the area. I thought the descriptions of the court cases (concerning the effects of the industrial pollution the smelters produced) were unneccessaily long. The Copper Magnates are presented in a neutral light and the reader can form his/her own opinions regarding their actions. They make interesting comparison with the Iron-masters of the same region. The book also examines the issue of industrial pollution and public health. The attitudes of many of the leading medical experts are (in retrospect) jaw-droppingly complacent. The book suffers from having few maps of the areas described, and since there are few if any remains now to be seen, it is difficult to envisage the industry at its height. Do not buy this book as a field guide! Nonetheless, it is an accessible and easy read and illuminates an industry that has now passed into the depths of history but whilst its furnaces burned, it managed to mould a major city and its environs.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what it says 30 May 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book consists of some interesting but brief bits and pieces on things like the seaborne trade before descending into a detailed description of nineteenth century legal disputes over pollution from the smelting works. It would have made a good, if not particularly important, section in a serious history. What it isn't is a study of King Copper 1584-1895.

The tin and copper smelters were one of the most extraordinarily secretive commercial groups in British history and research on them, if it's even possible, must be a nightmare. One can, therefore, sympathise with Ronald Rees who writes elegantly and well. But it's still a missed opportunity. And the publishers shouldn't have used such a misleading title.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category