This week he talks to academic and researcher Mark Gamsa about an extraordinary subject that has never been seriously studied until now - an incredible gold rush on the borders of Russia and China reminiscent of the Klondike and Yukon gold rushes, but with its own specific Eurasian characteristics.
You will hear why gold mining was an important cross-border, transnational phenomenon, what it involved, and whether it still matters.
Mark Gamsa, who outlines his own very personal connection to Rīga at the start of the podcast, is Associate Professor of History at Tel Aviv University. He gained his DPhil from Oxford University in 2003 and has also taught at the University of Latvia, SSE Riga and the European University Institute in Florence. He is the author of four books: The Chinese Translation of Russian Literature: Three Studies (Brill, 2008); The Reading of Russian Literature in China: A Moral Example and Manual of Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010); Manchuria: A Concise History (I.B. Tauris, 2020) and Harbin: A Cross-cultural Biography (University of Toronto Press, 2021). His main academic interests are in cultural and intellectual history, and Chinese-Russian relations.
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