Belfast A History
Within the stone walls of Belfast City Cemetery lie those men and women who helped shape the city. From Catholic and Protestant to Muslim and Jew, from the great and the good to the poor and the destitute, each grave has its own tale to tell, In this new edition of his acclaimed publication, Tom Hartley uses the cemetery to examine key events in Belfast's history - the First and Second World Wars, the Troubles, the campaign against Home Rule, and the Dockers' strike of 1907, as well as the development of the shipbuilding and other industries, the political and social life of the city, and the careers of the many writers, artists, entertainers and sportsmen who have helped to enhance the city's international reputation over the years.
Understanding the past - where we have come from and what has moulded us - is important everywhere, and nowhere more so than in Northern Ireland's largest city. For 250 years Belfast, though quite unlike anywhere else in Ireland, was similar to many of the other great industrial cities of the United Kingdom. It embraced the industrial revolution wholeheartedly, and witnessed enormous economic success and expansion as a result.
Excerpt from History of Belfast If any is needed for this publication it may be based on the need that exists for an up-to-date record of the events which form the history of the civic, religious, political and industrial development of Belfast, and which have made the city what it is to-day. This work is an unpretentious attempt to give a broad outline of that development without entering into any controversial treatment of political and religious questions.
Are you walking on water? Belfast owes its existence and name to its rivers. This book is a celebration of these rivers in words and pictures, from the iconic centerpiece of the Lagan, to its many tributaries and the systems that feed into them. The city was founded beside a ford across the Lagan, on a promontory between the Farset and Blackstaff. These rivers, and the many others that flow into Belfast Lough, rapidly gave the city advantages not only in terms of access to the sea and space for shipbuilding but also the source of power required to fuel the industrial revolution.