Potosi in the Global Silver Age (16th-19th Centuries)

, , , Rossana Barragán R. (Editor), Paula Zagalsky* (Editor), , , , ,

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Potosí (today in Bolivia) was the major supplier of silver for the Spanish Empire and for the world and still today boasts the world's single-richest silver deposit. This book explores the political economy of silver production and circulation, illuminating a vital chapter in the history of global capitalism. It travels through geology, sacred spaces, and technical knowledge in the first section; environmental history and labor in the second section; silver flows, the heterogeneous world of mining producers, and their agency in the third; and some of the local, regional, and global impacts of Potosí mining, in the fourth section.

The main focus is on the establishment of a complex infrastructure at the site, its major changes[you could add here “over time”], and the new human and environmental landscape that emerged for the production of one of the world ́s major commodities: silver. Eleven authors from different countries present their most recent research based on years of archival research, providing the readers with cutting-edge scholarship.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden/Boston
PublisherBrill, Leiden Boston
Number of pages489
ISBN (Electronic)9789004528680
ISBN (Print)9789004528673
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameStudies in Global Social History


  • Silver mines
  • Potosi
  • Latin America
  • Labor
  • Global history


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