1st Edition

Making Sense of Mining History Themes and Agendas

Edited By Stefan Berger, Peter Alexander Copyright 2020
    344 Pages
    by Routledge

    344 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.


    Stefan Berger and Peter Alexander

    Chapter 1:

    Mining History: Sub-Fields and Agendas

    Stefan Berger

    Chapter 2:

    Archaeology of mining in the pre-industrial age: the recognition and interpretation of ancient mines

    Simon Timberlake

    Chapter 3:

    Engineering changes: The cause and consequence of modern mining methods at Butte, Montana; Johannesburg, South Africa; and Broken Hill, New South Wales

    Jeremy Mouat

    Chapter 4:

    A comparative account of deep-level gold mining in India and South Africa: Implications for Workers’ Lives

    Dunbar Moodie

    Chapter 5:

    Local moments in mining history. Some ideas on the relationship between foreign and native in Mexican silver mining

    Alma Parra

    Chapter 6:

    Coal-mining, migration and ethnicity: a global history

    Ad Knotter

    Chapter 7:

    Culture and classed identity in shaping unionisation on mines

    Peter Alexander

    Chapter 8:

    Feminising an ancient human endeavour: Gendered spaces in mining

    Kuntala Lahiri-Dutt

    Chapter 9:

    Accidents and mining: The problem of the risk of explosion in industrial coal mining in global perspective

    Michael Farrenkopf

    Chapter 10

    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

    Chapter 11

    The state, labour conflicts and coal mining

    Chris Wrigley

    Chapter 12

    This Land is My Land: Global Indigenous Struggles and the Adivasi Resistance in Muthanga (Kerala, India)

    Pavithra Narayanan

    Chapter 13

    Black Gold and Environmental Enemy No. 1: Towards a Visual History of Coal

    Stefan Siemer

    Chapter 14

    Environmental History and Global Mining: Towards a Neo-Materialist Approach

    Timothy J. LeCain

    Chapter 15

    Mining Heritage

    Stefan Berger



    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.