BICEPS/SSE Riga Research Seminar: The Early History of Gold Mining in the Russian Far East and Northeast China

We kindly invite you to the next BICEPS/SSE Riga research seminar. It will take place on Thursday, February 20 at 17.00 in room 611 with the presentation:

“The Early History of Gold Mining in the Russian Far East and Northeast China” by Mark Gamsa (Tel Aviv University).


A vast historical literature has addressed gold mining and the gold rush periods in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa from the various perspectives of economic history, the “mining frontier” and imperialist expansion, alien labour and inter-ethnic relations, the impact of gold rushes on indigenous populations and the social history of mining as an occupation. Yet the history of gold mining in the border regions of Russia and China has never been comprehensively studied to date. As I will try to show, between the creation of the Russian Far East through tsarist Russia’s annexation of vast territory from the weakened Qing dynasty until the nationalization of the mining industry in the Soviet Union, gold mining was an important cross-border, transnational phenomenon. It involved both European and East Asian capital along with Russian, Chinese and Korean labour migrants and influenced the development of economy and society in this region.


Next seminars

2020-03-05          “Wealth Distribution and Monetary Policy” by Ludmila Fadejeva (Bank of Latvia).

2020-03-19         “Modelling the population of collusive firms” by Chloé Le Coq (SITE, University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas). Seminar is CANCELLED!


No prior registration for the seminar is necessary. For any questions about the seminar, or if you have a colleague that would like to be added to the distribution list, please write to Nicolas Gavoille.