Maritime History as Global History

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Maritime History as Global History

Research in Maritime History, 43


October 18th, 2017

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This study aims to provide new insights into the connections between maritime history and global history. It demonstrates the significance of maritime activity as a conduit of global exchange by examining local, national, and international interdependencies and trade networks, and a broad range of time periods, geographical areas, and various sub-divisions of maritime historical research. It is composed of ten essays, with an introductory chapter and concluding chapter. The first five essays discuss the effects globalisation on shipping in the early modern period; the following three discuss maritime transportation and the economics of industrialisation from the nineteenth century to the present day; the next discusses the impact of global entrepreneurialism on maritime history; the penultimate discusses the connections and variables between maritime and global history; and the concluding chapter examines the theoretical assumptions surrounding the two disciplines, using the globalisation of Early Modern Spain as a case study to do so. The study demonstrates that the core strength of maritime history is its essential place in global history, and that the process of globalisation began at sea.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Copyright Pgae4
Table of Contents7
About the Editors9
Contributors' Notes11
"Maritime History: A Gateway to Global History?"15
"Behind the Atlantic Expansion: Flemish Trade Connections of Seville in 1620"35
"National and International Labour Markets for Sailors in European, Atlantic and Asian Waters, 1600-1850"61
"Maritime Expansion and (De)globalization? An Examination of the Land and Sea Trade in Seventeenth-Century Mughal India"87
"From Hold to Foredeck: Slave Professions in the Maritime World of the East India Company, c. 1660-1720"109
"Small Town Merchants, Global Ventures: The Maritime Trade of the New Julfan Armenians in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries"139
"Lighting up the World? Empires and Islanders in the Pacific Whaling Industry, 1790-1860"173
"Technological Advances in the Maritime Sector: Some Implications for Trade, Modernization and the Process of Globalization in the Nineteenth Century"191
"Lost in Calculation? Norwegian Merchant Shipping in Asia, 1870-1914"217
"Why Are the Major Oil Companies Selling Off their Fleets? The Case of Total"237
"Turning Maritime History into Global History: Some Conclusions from the Impact of Globalization in Early Modern Spain"263
"Maritime History as Global History? The Methodological Challenges and a Future Research Agenda"281