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New open access e-book: The Fortification of the Firth of Forth 1880–1977

14th January 2022 | Categories: Publications

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The Society is pleased to announce the release of this title as an open access e-book, now available through the Open Access E-Books platform.

The Fortification of the Firth of Forth 1880–1977: ‘The most powerful naval fortress in the British Empire’

by Gordon J Barclay and Ron Morris

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This book describes the story of the great Forth Fortress from 1880 to 1977, when the final traditional defensive capabilities were abandoned. The authors combine archival sources with new fieldwork and oral histories to not only describe what was built, but when and why.


Praise for the book:

‘A seamless study of an area long significant in naval history. […] The authors address a clearly defined but multi-faceted subject with perception, authority, and panache. Anyone with interests connected in any way with the subject will learn much by reading this volume.’

– Robert J C Mowat, International Journal of Nautical Archaeology (volume 48)

‘[The authors] have to be congratulated on putting together a massive amount of research with informative text and numerous plans, charts and photographs. This book is a ‘must have’ for those interested in the recent archaeology, military or local history of this area.’

– Douglas Gray, Kinghorn Chronicle

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