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.

chapter 1|24 pages

Mining history

Sub-fields and agendas
ByStefan Berger

chapter 2|40 pages

Archaeology of mining in the pre-industrial age

The recognition and interpretation of ancient mines
BySimon Timberlake

chapter 3|23 pages

Engineering changes

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

chapter 4|19 pages

A comparative account of deep-level gold mining in India and South Africa

Implications for workers’ lives
ByT. Dunbar Moodie

chapter 5|22 pages

Local moments in mining history

Some ideas on the relationship between foreign and native in Mexican silver mining
ByAlma Parra Campos

chapter 6|22 pages

Coal mining, migration and ethnicity

A global history 1
ByAd Knotter

chapter 7|22 pages

Culture and classed identity in shaping unionisation on mines

ByPeter Alexander

chapter 8|20 pages

Feminising an ancient human endeavour

Gendered spaces in mining
ByKuntala Lahiri-Dutt

chapter 9|19 pages

Accidents and mining

The problem of the risk of explosion in industrial coal mining in global perspective
ByMichael Farrenkopf

chapter 10|22 pages

On fatalities, accidents and accident prevention in coalmines

Colliers’ safety discourse in oral testimony from the Ruhr in Germany and the Witbank collieries in South Africa
ByPaul Stewart, Dagmar Kift

chapter 11|17 pages

The state, labour conflicts and coal mining

ByChris Wrigley

chapter 12|15 pages

This land is my land

Global indigenous struggles and the Adivasi resistance in Muthanga (Kerala, India)
ByPavithra Narayanan

chapter 13|17 pages

Black gold and environmental enemy no. 1

Towards a visual history of coal
ByStefan Siemer

chapter 14|19 pages

Environmental history and global mining

Towards a neo-materialist approach
ByTimothy James LeCain

chapter 15|19 pages

Mining heritage

Comparative perspectives
ByStefan Berger