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The History of Mining: The events, technology and people involved in the industry that forged the modern world by Michael Coulson

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9. Mining in the East

Whilst the economies of the East have become the powerhouses of the modern world, the 19th century belonged to the West, and industrial development in the East lagged far behind the economies of Western Europe, particularly Britain and Germany, and the fast growing United States.

Japan as a mining nation

Today we recognise Japan as one of the great modern industrial and technologically advanced economies, but in the latter stages of the 19th century, as an essentially rural economy, it trailed behind the West in terms of the Industrial Revolution. It was determined though to accelerate the pace of industrialisation and try to catch up with the West, and the country did have an historically important mining industry, ...

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