A Global History of Gold Rushes (University of California Press)

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.