By John Stuart Clark
In 1849, numerous hundred thousand american citizens and Europeans all started streaming throughout ‘The nice American Desert’ certain for the gold fields of California. Their dream was once to strike it wealthy, but when the Gold Rush epitomizes the yankee Dream, their trek throughout the desert grew to become the worst of nightmares. one hundred fifty years later, British biking journalist John Stuart Clark retraces an analogous roads, rivers and trails taken by means of the 40 Niners, suffering throughout 3,000 miles of inhospitable terrain, scuffling with violent sandstorms and withering warmth. biking the place no sane individual would select to cycle, at a time whilst the fiercest twister and worst tuition bloodbath on checklist shake the country, Clark tells the tales of these he encounters with an unusual sensitivity and realizing. half travelogue, half social heritage, all awfully good written, this is often the undying tale of a country taking inventory of itself and the yank Dream.
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Extra resources for After the Gold Rush: A Bicycle Journey Through American History
The civitas capitals of Britain could not suddenly boast a full panoply of Roman-style public buildings; it took time for their monumental centers to develop, and often ambitious schemes, clear from the initial grid-plans laid out on the landscape, were never fully realized. While most of the cities of Baetica and Gallia Narbonensis had fully-fledged monumental centers by the Flavian period, Britain, the Danubian provinces, and even Africa had to wait until the mid-second century or sometimes later still for these urban programs to be completed.
Although in this case the exemption was granted, there was clearly a sense, even under Nero, that excessive spending by local elites could threaten the economic viability of provincial cities. This was indeed prescient, for from the later first century onwards the emperor had to send out from Rome officials of senatorial or equestrian rank known as curatores rei publicae to deal with the financial problems of a number of provincial cities. Especially revealing is the mission of the younger Pliny, dispatched by Trajan to Bithynia as provincial governor to scrutinize the financial affairs of all the cities of that province.
Especially revealing is the mission of the younger Pliny, dispatched by Trajan to Bithynia as provincial governor to scrutinize the financial affairs of all the cities of that province. His letters sent back to the emperor between 109 and 111 (or perhaps 110 and 112) reveal a chaotic picture of maladministration (Pliny Ep. 15–121, with Millar 2000). Although we lack such vivid testimony for the Roman west, a number of curatores are attested epigraphically for various cities and were clearly dealing with many of the same problems.
After the Gold Rush: A Bicycle Journey Through American History by John Stuart Clark