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28 October 2014
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Clydeside: When the Workshop of the World Shut Up Shop

By the end of the 19th century, Glasgow could lay claim to one of the largest accumulations of industrial capital held by any city in the world. Its success in heavy industry, particularly shipbuilding and its attendant industries such as steel production, inspired the self-proclaimed title of The Second City of the Empire. A century of rapid industrialisation had seen the city grow from 84,000 people in year 1800, when most of the population were employed in the textile industry, to 762,000 in 1901, when Clyde-centred heavy industry dominated.

The Clyde hosted a huge workforce, engaged in quite specialised industries, and by the end of the century, three quarters of the male workforce were either skilled or semi-skilled. The Bowler-hated, skilled engineer ranked well in the hierarchy of labour, and although social conditions in Glasgow were tough, these were proud people who took much pride in their work. More...

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