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Becoming Very Rich

Ian W. McLean

in Why Australia Prospered: The Shifting Sources of Economic Growth

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691154671
eISBN:
9781400845439
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691154671.003.0005
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter looks at how the gold rushes beginning in the 1850s brought not only a diversification of the economic basis of prosperity beyond that provided by the wool industry, but coincided with ... More


Free Mining from Medieval Europe to the Gold Rushes

Anthony Scott

in The Evolution of Resource Property Rights

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780198286035
eISBN:
9780191718410
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198286035.003.0006
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

The chapter begins by describing ‘free mining’ in Europe from the Dark Ages to the nineteenth century. The free miner was ‘free’ from most feudal obligations, ‘free’ to explore by roaming his lord's ... More


Golden Wests

James Belich

in Replenishing the Earth: The Settler Revolution and the Rise of the Angloworld

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199297276
eISBN:
9780191700842
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297276.003.0012
Subject:
History, World Modern History

This chapter seeks to understand the relationship of settlement booms and gold rushes, and to use each to gain insight into the other. In 1848, gold was found inland of San Francisco, California. The ... More


 Chemistry in the Borderland: Ramsay, Soddy, and the Transmutation Gold Rush

Mark S. Morrisson

in Modern Alchemy: Occultism and the Emergence of Atomic Theory

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780195306965
eISBN:
9780199785414
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306965.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter describes a “transmutational gold rush” which happened between 1904 and the 1920s. Academic chemists, working in an alchemy revival, attempted to transmute elements, even to make gold. ... More


How did International Bimetallism Work? A Monetary Theory

Marc Flandreau

in The Glitter of Gold: France Bimetallism and the Emergence of the International Gold Standard 1848-1873

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
August 2004
ISBN:
9780199257867
eISBN:
9780191601279
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199257868.003.0008
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Chapter 7 provides a model of the operation of bimetallism as a global system, 1850-1870. It argues that the limited impact that the Gold Rush had on price levels can be primarily explained as ... More


Manifest Destiny at the End of a Rope

Edward Dallam Melillo

in Strangers On Familiar Soil: Rediscovering the Chile-California Connection

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780300206623
eISBN:
9780300216486
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300206623.003.0004
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter describes the interethnic violence in California's mining region driven by conflicting customs, jealousy, and rising nationalist sentiment. Many Chileans arrived in California bringing ... More


Bimetallic Exchange Rates: An Exploration

Marc Flandreau

in The Glitter of Gold: France Bimetallism and the Emergence of the International Gold Standard 1848-1873

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
August 2004
ISBN:
9780199257867
eISBN:
9780191601279
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199257868.003.0004
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

Chapter 3 provides an analysis of international arbitrage focusing on the exchange market between Paris and London. Resting on a new methodology to study exchange rate relations, this chapter shows ... More


Mineral Disposal and Mining Rights to 1850

Anthony Scott

in The Evolution of Resource Property Rights

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780198286035
eISBN:
9780191718410
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198286035.003.0005
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental

This chapter begins by describing medieval mineral right regimes. The miner gained a lease-type tenure. That the tenure's characteristics changed and this is best explained by the landlords' changing ... More


The Glitter of Gold: France Bimetallism and the Emergence of the International Gold Standard 1848-1873

Marc Flandreau

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
August 2004
ISBN:
9780199257867
eISBN:
9780191601279
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199257868.001.0001
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

The Glitter of Gold studies the so far unexplored operation of the international monetary system that prevailed before the emergence of the international gold standard in 1873. Conventional wisdom ... More


Introduction: Land of Fortune

Mette M. High

in Fear and Fortune: Spirit Worlds and Emerging Economies in the Mongolian Gold Rush

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9781501707544
eISBN:
9781501708121
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501707544.003.0001
Subject:
Anthropology, Asian Cultural Anthropology

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the Mongolian gold rush. The gold rush, which has grown to become the largest ever on the Asian continent, involves major risks, perhaps even the ... More


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