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Mining boom
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To date, the available sources and the state of research allow us to identify only two mining booms in the early modern period: one in British coal mining in the 18th and 19th centuries and another in silver and copper mining in Central and east-central Europe in the 15th and 16th centuries.

The water shortage that affected many mining regions after 1360 led to a noticeably growing shortage of silver and copper for coins, first in western and northern Europe, then also in southern and eastern Europe. This shortage impacted the Levant trade of the Italian maritime republics; begin…

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Westermann, Ekkehard, “Mining boom”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 15 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_024251>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20200128



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