Economy and environment

Rab Houston

in Scotland

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780199230792
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191777059 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions

Economy and environment

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‘Economy and environment’ outlines the origins of habitation and farming in Scotland, hunter-gatherers, Dark Age Scotland, the fragility of the pre-modern economies, the age of agricultural improvement, the process of industrialization, and the emergence of Glasgow as a manufacturing powerhouse. Which industries was Scotland home to prior to the Industrial Revolution? When was coal mining at its height? Which cities were the most industrialized? When did environmental awareness begin to change behaviour? Which city has emerged as an economic focus since the end of the industrial age? In the present century tourism is an important industry, but what is Scotland's most important export?

Keywords: coal mining; economy; environment; Glasgow; tourism

Chapter.  3061 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: British History ; Political Geography

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