This book draws together international contributors to analyse a wide range of aspects of mining history across the globe including mining archaeology, technologies of mining, migration and mining, the everyday life of the miner, the state and mining, industrial relations in mining, gender and mining, environment and mining, mining accidents, the visual history of mining, and mining heritage. The result is a counter balance to more common national and regional case study perspectives.
Table of Contents
Stefan Berger and Peter Alexander
Mining History: Sub-Fields and Agendas
Archaeology of mining in the pre-industrial age: the recognition and interpretation of ancient mines
Engineering changes: The cause and consequence of modern mining methods at Butte, Montana; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Broken Hill, New South Wales
A comparative account of deep-level gold mining in India and South Africa: Implications for Workers’ Lives
Local moments in mining history. Some ideas on the relationship between foreign and native in Mexican silver mining
Coal-mining, migration and ethnicity: a global history
Culture and classed identity in shaping unionisation on mines
Feminising an ancient human endeavour: Gendered spaces in mining
Accidents and mining: The problem of the risk of explosion in industrial coal mining in global perspective
On Fatalities, Accidents and Accident Prevention in Coal Mines: Colliers’ Safety Discourse in Oral Testimony from the Ruhr in Germany and the Witbank Collieries in South Africa
Paul Stewart and Dagmar Kift
The state, labour conflicts and coal mining
This Land is My Land: Global Indigenous Struggles and the Adivasi Resistance in Muthanga (Kerala, India)
Black Gold and Environmental Enemy No. 1: Towards a Visual History of Coal
Environmental History and Global Mining: Towards a Neo-Materialist Approach
Timothy J. LeCain
Stefan Berger is the Director of the Institute for Social Movements, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, and Chairman of the Foundation History of the Ruhr.
Peter Alexander is the Director of the Centre for Social Change, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.