288 pages, 6 x 9
Release Date:01 Jan 1995
Release Date:01 Jan 1995
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Roaring Days

Rossland's Mines and the History of British Columbia

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In the 1890s, Rossland was the most important mining centre in southeastern British Columbia. In Roaring Days, Jeremy Mouat examines many different aspects of mining, from work underground to corporate strategies. He also brings to life the unique individuals who were a part of this history – the miners who toiled long hours under unimaginable working conditions, the citizens of Rossland who built a bustling town out of the wilderness, and the mine owners and entrepreneurs who became wealthy beyond all expectations.
A cheerful, fast-paced account of the rise and fall of Rossland as an active mining centre ... Roaring Days has the merit of being stimulating in approach, engagingly written, and presenting technical subjects in clear, understandable terms. Jean Barman, BCLA Reporter
So well-written that the complexities of the subject are clearly presented and, more imporantly, interconnected. The extensive use of annotated endnotes is the academic thread that binds this masterpiece together (a total of 600 citations in 49 pages). Ron Welwood, BC Historical News
Mouat’s research is comprehensive and solid. Roaring Days is recommended to economic historians and institutions concerned with British Columbia and the United States Northwest. Otis E. Young, Pacific Historical Review
Jeremy Mouat teaches history at Athabasca University, Canada's Open University.

Illustrations, Figures and Maps



1 The Context of Discovery

2 “The Hope of This Country”: Smelters, Railways, and the Growth of Rossland, 1895-8

3 “The Comstock and the Rand Put Together”: British Investment in Rossland

4 Miners and Early Industrial Relations in the Kootenays, 1895-1900

5 “This Militant Band of Labour's Bravest Champions”: Rossland Miners, 1899-1903

6 Social Relations in Fin de Siecle Rossland

7 The Emergence and Growth of Cominco, 1901-23

8 The End of the Roaring Days





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