Book launch – Swansea Copper: A Global History
During the eighteenth century, a revolutionary new ‘Welsh process’ of efficiently smelting copper led to Swansea becoming the epicentre of the global copper industry. Indeed, between the 1770s and the 1840s, the Swansea district routinely produced one-third of the world’s smelted copper and occasionally exceeded this proportion.
It’s this incredible transnational history that has provoked a ground-breaking new study from Chris Evans and Louise Miskell. Join Martin Johnes in discussion with the authors to discuss their exciting new publication, Swansea Copper: A Global History (Johns Hopkins University Press), where they explore Swansea’s smelting story in a truly world-wide context, from Chile to South Australia.