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Jim Tomlinson and Christopher A. Whatley

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781845860905

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781845860905.001.0001

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The ‘Retreat’ to Scotland

The ‘Retreat’ to Scotland

The Tay Road Bridge and Dundee’s Post-1945 Development

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(p.246) Chapter 10 The ‘Retreat’ to Scotland
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Jute No More
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Jim Phillips

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781845860905.003.0010

This chapter examines the significance and impact of the Tay Road Bridge on Dundee's post-1945 economy. The bridge, which opened on August 18, 1966, was a major engineering and industrial feat, a material embodiment as well as an emblem of Dundee's modernisation. However, it also marked Dundee's ‘retreat’ to Scotland after 1945, in the sense that Dundee became less outward-looking, and less international in its economic scope, as the twentieth century progressed. The discussions are organised into two parts: the structural economic and political features that shaped Dundee's ‘retreat’ to Scotland, including the longer pre-1945 history of the Tay Road Bridge; and the detailed elements of the bridge's eventual construction, which highlight the difficulties of effecting Dundee's closer post-1945 Scottish integration.

Keywords:   Dundee, Tay Road Bridge, post-war economy, economic development, Scotland

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