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Toward the end of the nineteenth century, at the height of the industrial revolution, the city of Belfast WAS its shipyards. A city whose rise to wealth had been founded first on linen, reached its apogee in shipbuilding. Its biggest yard, Harland & Wolff, built the largest and most famous ship ever to sail and sink - the Titanic.


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Toward the end of the nineteenth century, at the height of the industrial revolution, the city of Belfast WAS its shipyards. A city whose rise to wealth had been founded first on linen, reached its apogee in shipbuilding. Its biggest yard, Harland & Wolff, built the largest and most famous ship ever to sail and sink - the Titanic.

6 review for In the Shadows of Giants: A Social History of the Belfast Shipyards

  1. 4 out of 5

    D.J. Kelly

    This is one of the most readable and most informative social histories I have on my bookshelf. Kevin Johnston not only charts the rise and demise of Belfast's shipbuilding industry but takes use through the most significant events to affect the city and indeed the entire province during its most turbulent times. I learned a great deal from this book. It gave me answers to some of the questions which had arisen regarding my own ancestors' migration and change of religion and it showed me what eve This is one of the most readable and most informative social histories I have on my bookshelf. Kevin Johnston not only charts the rise and demise of Belfast's shipbuilding industry but takes use through the most significant events to affect the city and indeed the entire province during its most turbulent times. I learned a great deal from this book. It gave me answers to some of the questions which had arisen regarding my own ancestors' migration and change of religion and it showed me what events shaped their everyday lives. This is a definite must-read for anyone interested in Belfast for whatever reason. A substantial and well-illustrated hard-back.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Eleanor Brown

    An excellent book, very comprehensive, it races through the social history. My one criticism is that it would benefit from footnotes/references.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stuart

  4. 5 out of 5

    Donal Fhearraigh

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ciaran

  6. 4 out of 5

    Arwen4

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