The World's Key Industry: History and Economics of International Shipping

Hardcover | May 22, 2012

EditorGelina Harlaftis, Jesús Valdaliso, Stig Tenold

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For anyone interested in the growth and development of the world economy, knowledge of the history and mechanisms of shipping provides important insights. The international shipping industry served not only to integrate world markets, it was the international business par excellence and preceded trends that later became visible in many other sectors of economic activity.

This book focuses on the history and economics of the global shipping industry and contains contributions from distinguished maritime historians and economists. The essays share an international, comparative and historical view of shipping. They provide an analysis of the overall development of the industry from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day, covering a wide range of topics, such as technological progress, freight rates, the institutions of shipping, the role of the state, port development and maritime businesses.


Developments in the shipping industry have had a profound influence on the dynamics of national and international economies. This book helps to understand the essential role of "the world's key industry".

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For anyone interested in the growth and development of the world economy, knowledge of the history and mechanisms of shipping provides important insights. The international shipping industry served not only to integrate world markets, it was the international business par excellence and preceded trends that later became visible in many...

GELINA HARLAFTIS is professor of Maritime History at the Department of History of the Ionian University, Greece. She graduated from the University of Athens and completed her graduate studies at the Universities of Cambridge (M.Phil.) and Oxford (D.Phil). She was president of the International Association of Maritime Economic History ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.07 × 5.63 × 1.02 inPublished:May 22, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction
L. R. Fischer and the Progress of Maritime Economic History; D.Williams & L.Scholl
Shipping and Staple Economies in the Periphery; C.K.Harley
The Progress of the Steamship in the 19th Century; D.M.Williams & J.Armstrong
The Advantages of Water Carriage; Y.Kaukianen
Building the Vital Networks of Trade; E.Lange, E.Ekperg & E.Merok
The Development of Commercial Infrastructures for World Shipping; G.Boyce
Government and British Shipping in the Later 20th Century; S.Palmer
Historical Evolution of the Ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam; S.Vanfraechem
Institutional Path-Dependence and Port Regulation; M.Tull & J.Reveley
China's Seaport Development 1978-2002; A.N.G.KoiYu& T.Ka-chai
Hull's Maritime Business Sector c. 1860-1914; M.Barnard & D.Starkey
Risks and Rewards - The Business of Norwegian Shipping; S.Tenold
Greek and Spanish Ship Owners in the 19th and 20th Centuries; G.Harlaftis & J.M.Valdaliso
Epilogue: A Key Industry or an Invisible Industry?; G.Harlaftis, S.Tenold & J.M.Valdaliso