Preface; Introduction; 1. The Lowthers: land owning-entrepreneurs; 2. Coal: Monopoly and competition; 3. Coal: the structure of trade and industry; 4. The expansion of trade; 5. The development of industry; 6. Communications; 7. Creating new towns: Urban growth; Conclusion; Appendices; Notes; Bibliography; Index.
In Coal and Tobacco, Dr Beckett has attempted, by analysing the west Cumberland economy, and the Lowther's entrepreneurial role, to reveal the vital importance of the coal industry.