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Global History of Gold Rushes

Benjamin Mountford and Stephen Tuffnell


Nothing set the world in motion like gold. Gold rushes accelerated the global circulation of people, goods, capital, and technologies that transformed settler societies around the world. Yet they are rarely considered in a global perspective. While in the past, national histories have emphasized the role of gold rushes as accelerants of state formation, crucibles of national character, and watersheds of political development, the essays in Gold Rush begin from a different premise. They explore gold rushes as connected phenomena and emphasize the destructive power of the search for gold on indi ... More

Keywords: global history, circulation, gold rushes, connected, acceleration, mobility, comparative, transnational, mining

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520294547
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520294547.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Mountford, editor
Australian Catholic University

Stephen Tuffnell, editor
University of Oxford

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Part One Global Transformations in the Age of Gold

One Seeking a Global History of Gold

Benjamin Mountford and Stephen Tuffnell

Part Two Settler Societies and Gold Rush Democracy

Part Three Finance, Speculation, and the Economics of Gold Rushes

Six Frenzied Finance

Ian Phimister

Part Four Expertise, the Environment, and Mining Technologies

Ten Engineering Gold Rushes

Stephen Tuffnell

Eleven Grounding Capitalism

Bathsheba Demuth