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A History of Wales 1906-2000 (University of Wales Press - by D. Gareth Evans

By D. Gareth Evans

This article goals to hide 4 major region of switch in the course of the twentieth century: the political scene, social alterations, fiscal advancements and tradition and academic positive factors. The publication is split into major chronological sections: the 1st half examines the interval from 1900-1945; whereas the second one lines the adjustments in Welsh background from 1945 to 2000. every one bankruptcy is sub-divided to make analyzing more uncomplicated.

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In May, domestic prices collapsed suddenly and, by the end of the year, coal mining and many other industries were experiencing the onset of depression. I Economic Stagnation and its Effects Many parts of Britain displayed signs of recovery in the later 1920s, as domestic demand for consumer goods and the products 18 Part I 1906–1945 of new light industries began to revive. In parts of Wales, especially in the coastal resorts of north Wales, there was some expansion in the 1930s as small industries were set up.

This largely explains the economic plight of Glamorgan during the inter-war years. The crucial market for coal, which was lost from the early part of the century, was that of shipping. In the years from 1870 to 1910, as the steam fleet rapidly expanded, south Wales benefited enormously from the increased demand for coal. 75 million tons of coal from the mines in south Wales. By 1925 this had fallen to 350,000 tons. From 1913, when about 90 per cent of shipping generally was coal-fuelled, the figure had fallen by 1930 to barely one half of that level.

Although the general level of productive efficiency in British coal mining in 1913 compared favourably with all the other competitors, apart from the USA, productivity in south Wales was lower and it continued to deteriorate as the period progressed. 6 cwt. 3 cwt. 9 cwt. 7 cwt. respectively. A central cause of this divergence was the extent to which mechanization was applied to productive methods. In 1913, whereas the proportion of total output cut mechanically in British coalfields was 8 per cent, the figures for 1937 in Germany, Holland and Poland were 83 per cent, 75 per cent and 67 per cent respectively.

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