Introduction: Coal Was Our Life. Part I: The Impact of Industrial Contraction. 2. Men's Experience on Industrial Contraction. 3. The Impact of Women and Families. 4. The Impact on Community. 5. The Experience of Other Mining Communities. Part III: The Restructured Industry. 6. Privatisation and its Consequences. 7. Worker Take-overs. Part IV: The Economic Regeneration of Mining Communities. 8. Coalfield Regeneration in the UK. 9. Coalfield Regeneration in Europe. Part V: Coal and Communities in the 21st Century. 10. Conclusion.