Historical Dictionary of the U.S. Maritime Industry by Kenneth J. BlumeHistorical Dictionary of the U.S. Maritime Industry by Kenneth J. Blume

Historical Dictionary of the U.S. Maritime Industry

byKenneth J. Blume

Hardcover | December 22, 2011

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From the Spanish galleons of the 16th century to the cruise ships and crude oil tankers of the 21st, maritime industries have been central to American economic, political, and cultural life. Great American fortunes were built in the maritime industries and the workers in that industry-both the sailors on board the ships and the dockworkers at the port-contributed significantly to the nation's growing economy. The development of interior waterways, especially the canal system, paved the way for a transformation of inland North America. In the Historical Dictionary of the U.S. Maritime Industry, author Kenneth J. Blume provides a convenient survey of this important industry from the colonial period to the present day: from sail to steam to nuclear power. This concise new reference work captures the key features of overseas, coastal, lake, and river shipping and industry. An introduction provides an overview of the industry while the dictionary itself contains more than four hundred cross-referenced entries on ships, shipping companies, famous personalities, and major ports. A number of appendixes, including statistics on foreign trade, maritime disasters, famous ships, and major ports, supplement the dictionary, and a comprehensive bibliography leads the researcher to further sources. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about the maritime industry in the United States.
Kenneth J. Blume is a specialist in 19th century U.S. maritime, naval, and diplomatic history.  He holds a Ph.D. from SUNY-Binghamton and is professor of history in the Department of Humanities and Communication, School of Arts and Sciences, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He is also the author of Historical Dictionary ...
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Title:Historical Dictionary of the U.S. Maritime IndustryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:612 pages, 9.43 × 6.38 × 1.87 inPublished:December 22, 2011Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810856344

ISBN - 13:9780810856349

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Anyone interested in American maritime history will find this erudite work of nearly six hundred pages surprisingly accessible, informative and useful. This is a book to dip into, rater than be read straight through and happily, the author remains perceptive and even-handed throughout. Blume's self-awareness is as sure as his knowledge of his subject. Here is a book that every student of American maritime history will want to keep close to his or her desk.