The factory was one of the largest industrial plants in the world. Workers revolt against the intensive working practises and low pay by taking strike action. Socialist and trade union politics arrived in Clydebank. Video: Power to the People: Episode one.
With the economy ruined by four years of war and with high unemployment and the poorest living conditions in Britain, thousands of Scots emigrate to build a new life in the colonies. Video: A history of Scotland: Project Scotland.
Hugh MacDiarmid publishes a new literary magazine aimed at restoring a genuine Scottish sense of identity and finds himself at the forefront of a new movement. Video: A History of Scotland: Project Scotland.
A strike over pay and conditions leads to a nationwide General Strike of all union workers. In cities such as Glasgow soldiers and tanks are dispatched after fears of a Communist revolution. Video: Power to the People: Episode one.
After six years of global conflict the war ends and with over 50,000 Scottish soldiers dead. The end of the war brings hopes and determination of building a better, fairer Britain. Video: A history of Scotland: Project Scotland.
The 1979 General Election sees the election of a Prime Minister who would change the political landscape of Britain. Many Scots feel that Thatcher and the Conservatives unfairly discriminate against Scottish interests.
Replacing the Rates system, the Poll Tax is introduced in Scotland before the rest of the country. Deeply unpopular, it leads to the biggest protests since the Miners’ Strike. Video: Inside Scotland: Thatcher and the Scots.