Second impression. Contents: Preface; Introduction; The family background; The historical background to the flat glass industry in Britain; An unpromising start; The collapse of a competitor and the struggle for survival; The introduction of a new technique; Years of contrast; A labour crisis; The removal of british competitors; Competition from Belgium and consolidation at St Helens; Expansion once more; Labour relations and welfare services in the later years of the nineteenth century; Colliery affairs; INternational, techhnical and other developments 1900-1914; Epilogue 1914-1959; Appendix (1. The Pilkington pedigree; 2. Wages lists for the weeks ending may 12 and 19, 1849; 3. Statement issued by Pilkingtons during the labour crisis of 1845; 4. Bessemer’s experiments with glass, 1841-51; 5. Exports of Belgian window glass to Britain och the United States, 1850-1913; 6. Extract from Siemens’ furnace patent specification of 1870; 7. Biographical notes on the directors of the Company; 8. The early history of the Flow process: Pilkingtons’ association with the Ford Motor Company, Detroit); Collected footnotes; Index.