I thought this pair of articles deserved their own post, because it's two ways to look at the coal industry during the industrial revolution. On the one hand, you've got how coal production expanded and its economic role here, but on the other there's the human side, and we have a piece on living and working conditions in the mines.
Developments in iron production were at the heart of the industrial revolution, with technological advances causing greater production and the industry to physically move to new places; here's more. However, it's steam that the most famous development, so we have a look at how it slots in.
This month we expand our industrial revolution content with a look at causes and preconditions, and the often overlooked issue of banking and finance. We also have snapshots of two key figures: Richard Arkwright and Abraham Darby I.
Some of the press surrounding the recent acquisition of Crimea by Russia included the statement that they were changing borders established in the aftermath of World War 2. However, Crimea was transferred to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic by the Russian Soviet Federation in 1954. The reason why is indistinct, and Mark Kramer, Director of the Cold War Studies Program at Harvard University, has posted his deduction via the Wilson Center website. If you want the shorthand, Khrushchev used sending Crimea to Ukraine to gather support in his battle for power after Stalin's death.