Mining Tycoons in the Age of Empire, 1870-1945

Entrepreneurship, High Finance, Politics and Territorial Expansion
Editor(s): 
Dumett, Raymond E.
ISBN: 
9780754663034
Date published: 
January 2009
Hardback
Pages: 
276

The years of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, aptly described by Mark Twain as the 'Gilded Age' witnessed an unprecedented level of technological change, material excess, untrammled pursuit of profit and imperial expansion. Within this dynamic and often ruthless environment many colorful characters strode across the world stage, among them the great mining tycoons, who constituted one of the major spearheads of global capitalistic expansion and colonial exploitation. This volume, which carries the epic story to the mid-twentieth century provides a truly international perspective on the role of mining entrepreneurs, investors and engineers in shaping the economic and political map of the globe, in testing management techniques and in setting a vogue for extravagant displays of wealth among the world's rich.