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All That Glittered – Britain's Most Precious Metal from Adam Smith to the Gold Rush - Oxford Scholarship Online
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All That Glittered: Britain's Most Precious Metal from Adam Smith to the Gold Rush

Timothy Alborn


From the early eighteenth century into the 1830s, Great Britain was the only major country in the world to adopt gold as the sole basis of its currency, in the process absorbing much of the world’s supply of that metal into its pockets, cupboards, and coffers. During the same period, Britons forged a nation by distilling a heady brew of Protestantism, commerce, and military might, while preserving important features of its older social hierarchy. All That Glittered argues for a close connection between these occurrences, by linking justifications for gold’s role in British society—starting in ... More

Keywords: gold, credit, value, mining, gold standard, gold rush, churches, free trade, coinage

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190603519
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190603519.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Timothy Alborn, author
Professor of History, Lehman College, CUNY

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