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Jute No MoreTransforming Dundee$
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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

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

Jim Phillips

Edinburgh University Press

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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