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Michael Roe

Michael Roe reviews 'The Cataclysm of Gold' by David Goldman

April 1996, no. 179 01 April 1996
The first virtue of this study is to remind us of the dramatic, potentially cataclysmic, quality of the mid-nineteenth century gold rushes to California in the late 1840s and to south-east Australia soon afterwards. That was prime among the several characteristics the two experiences had in common. At few other points is there so close affinity in the histories of Australia and the USA. The subjec ... (read more)