Nothing set the world in motion like gold. Between the discovery of California placer gold in 1848 and the nostalgic rush to Alaska, fifty years later, the search for the precious yellow metal accelerated global 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 examine the history of these nineteenth century gold rushes in global perspective.
Benjamin Mountford, is a David Myers Research Fellow in History at La Trobe University, is the author of Britain, China, & Colonial Australia and co-editor of Fighting Words: Fifteen Books That Shaped the Postcolonial World.
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, and researches US history from a global perspective.