A Global History of Gold Rushes (California World History Library #25) (Paperback)

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By Benjamin Mountford (Editor), Stephen Tuffnell (Editor)
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Nothing set the world in motion like gold. Between the discovery of California placer gold in 1848 and the rush to Alaska fifty years later, the search for the precious yellow metal accelerated worldwide circulations of people, goods, capital, and technologies. A Global History of Gold Rushes brings together historians of the United States, Africa, Australasia, and the Pacific World to tell the rich story of these nineteenth century gold rushes from a global perspective. Gold was central to the growth of capitalism: it whetted the appetites of empire builders, mobilized the integration of global markets and economies, profoundly affected the environment, and transformed large-scale migration patterns. Together these essays tell the story of fifty years that changed the world.

About the Author


Benjamin Mountford, Senior Lecturer in History at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne, is the author of Britain, China, and Colonial Australia and coeditor of Fighting Words: Fifteen Books That Shaped the Postcolonial World. He was formerly a David Myers Research Fellow at La Trobe University (2017-18). 
 
Stephen Tuffnell, Associate Professor of Modern US History at the University of Oxford, is currently completing Emigrant Foreign Relations: Independence and Interdependence in the Atlantic, c. 1789–1902. He researches US history from a global perspective.

Praise For…


"This collection moves the study of migration, finance, and technology forward in consistently strong essays that are as readable as they are informative."

— H-Net


Product Details
ISBN: 9780520294554
ISBN-10: 0520294556
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: October 16th, 2018
Pages: 336
Language: English
Series: California World History Library
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