Coal: A Human History
Freese, Barbara. Coal: A Human History. New York City: Perseus Publishing, 2003. New York City: Basic Books, 2016.
Sections on the early Industrial Revolution and the run-up thereto (especially ch. 4) offer an elegantly presented brief background on the interface between humans and the new machines of what would become The Age of the Machines/The Age of Steam — and the coal and iron that went into those machines. An important interface was where the tunnel ended and the coal started in the mines.
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