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The story of Blackburn during the most tumultuous century in human history. In eleven chapters, we witness triumphs and disasters, in the story of the town and its people. The introductory chapter takes us from the jubilant celebrations at the end of the nineteenth century, to the eve of the First World War. Chapter Two leads us through the years of the First World War and from there we travel, decade by decade, through the immediate aftermath of the war, the great depression and onward into the thirties, as war clouds gathered once more over Europe. The dark years of the Second World War and the subsequent struggle for recovery, are followed by yet more change in the sixties and seventies, then the battle for survival in the eighties, becoming revival in the nineties. As great events washed over the town, the people persevered and often against the odds, overcame great difficulties to emerge in the third Millennium with renewed vigor. 20th Century Blackburn is replete with many illustrations of people and events which have shaped the town, the majority of which have never been previously published. This book is an indispensable work of reference and a fine record of the modern history of Blackburn.. Ref; 657
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