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


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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".

About the Author

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 from 2004-2008 and was a visiting professor and a fellow in universities in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. Her last books are co-authored with Ioannis Theotokas; Leadership in World Shipping: Greek Family Firms in International Business (2009) and with Nikos Karapidakis; Kostas Sbonias and Vaios Vaiopoulos,The New Ways of History (2010).

JESUS M. VALDALISO is professor of Economic History at the School of Economics and Business administration of the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain, and of Maritime Business History in a MBA of Deusto University and the Basque Government. He is the author of several books and articles on the Spanish shipping and shipbuilding industries in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. He is currently leading a research project on the historical origins of industrial clusters in the Basque Country and its legacy for the present. He is president of the International Association of Maritime Economic History and visiting scholar at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness at the Harvard Business School.

STIG TENOLD is professor of Economic History at The Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration. His main research field is twentieth century Norwegian and international shipping history, and he is the author of Tankers in Trouble: Norwegian Shipping and the Crisis of the 1970s and 1980s, and Odfjell - The History of a Shipping Company (2006), co-authored with Atle Thowsen. He is currently involved in projects on maritime innovation, Nordic shipping in the twentieth century and Norwegian voyage patterns during the transition from sail to steam.

Table of Contents


L. R. Fischer and the Progress of Maritime Economic History; D.Williams and L.Scholl

Shipping and Staple Economies in the Periphery; C.K.Harley

The Progress of the Steamship in the 19th Century; D.M.Williams and J.Armstrong

The Advantages of Water Carriage; Y.Kaukianen

Building the Vital Networks of Trade; E.Lange, E.Ekperg and 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 and J.Reveley

China's Seaport Development 1978-2002; A.N.G.KoiYuand T.Ka-chai

Hull's Maritime Business Sector c. 1860-1914; M.Barnard and 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 and J.M.Valdaliso

Epilogue: A Key Industry or an Invisible Industry?; G.Harlaftis, S.Tenold and J.M.Valdaliso

Product Details

Harlaftis, Gelina (edt)
Palgrave MacMillan
Harlaftis, Gelina
Tenold, Stig
Valdaliso, Jesús
Exports & Imports
Industries - Transportation
Business-Import and Export
Industries - General
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