Aberdeen, 1800 to 2000: A New History Aberdeen is a city shaped by its geography, climate and architecture. Like the land from which it grew, its projects qualities of hard work and fortitude, firm solidity, self-confidence and aspiration. It is a city with a character and personality that reflects its people. Conservative and "canny" in some senses, it has often been radical and inovative in its This book provides an understanding of the changes that have taken place in Aberdeen's economic and social structure since 1800, from the age of textiles to the age of oil. It analyzes changes in work patterns, housing, education, economy, social welfare, religion, local government, leisure and culture, and discusses the effects of national and international market forces, periods of instability and high growth, and political struggles. It features many of the people who played an important part in this period of Aberdeen's history. This history by 13 historians, economists, political scientists and geographers, shows that Aberdeen has survived economic upheavals and the disruption of two world wars, emerging as an independent city with a sense of its own worth and values.politics and in tackling social issues.
Aberdeen: A History Aberdeen has had its fair share of attention from historians down the centuries. But in this fresh look at the story, Jack Webster condenses the knowledge and wisdom of past research and focuses on the later history. He observes the city's dramatic transformation in the twentieth century, when it went from an economy based on farming, fishing, textiles and granite to an industry which outshone them all. Who could have guessed that the Granite City would take on an international reputation as the oil capital of Western Europe? The events that unfolded from the 1960s were to transform the prosperity of Aberdeen and the North East of Scotland on an unprecedented scale. Jobs, housing, hotels and restaurants sprang up everywhere, and the standard of living was raised to a level unthinkable to a previous generation.
Maritime Aberdeen Aberdeen has been at the centre of maritime industry and events in the United Kingdom for centuries. This most northerly of cities has been in its day the home of the first and finest of British clipper ships, the biggest Scottish fishing port and capital of the European offshore oil and gas industry. Although disadvantaged by its relative remoteness from the rest of the UK, the city has always looked to the sea from its livelihood, trade and sustenance. From fishing boats to ferries, from clipper ships to liners and from oil rig support vessels to the city's history of shipbuilding, all aspects of Aberdeen's rich maritime heritage are shown here in this unique collection of images from Aberdeen Maritime Museum. They show principally the work and ingenuity of the people of Aberdeen who, through their maritime enterprise, developed and sailed some of the finest ships in the world.
Aberdeen and the North East at War Throughout history, Britain has been at war with various nations for various reasons and, at the forefront of the engagements, there have always been Scottish troops, Scottish sailors and, during the last century, Scottish pilots. There have been times when the Scots have been at war with the English, and even with fellow Scots. Perhaps it is because Scots are natural warriors that they have never been at peace for very long. "Aberdeen at War" is a beautifully illustrated volume, which includes many spectacular and previously unpublished photographs of the city, taken during the years of the Second World War, and brought together here for the first time. This is a nostalgic and heart-warming tribute to all the citizens of Aberdeen, men, women and children who bravely lived through one of history's darkest times. With chapters on People at War, Entertainment, Education, The Secret War, and D-Day and Beyond, Aberdeen at War covers all aspects of the war through carefully selected images.
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