Resources and Infrastructures in the Maritime Economy, 1500-2000

BookResources and Infrastructures in the Maritime Economy, 1500-2000

Resources and Infrastructures in the Maritime Economy, 1500-2000

Research in Maritime History, 22


October 18th, 2017

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This book provides a study of both the physical and intangible frameworks that enabled maritime resources to flow and infrastructures to operate. The aim is to demonstrate the complexity and diversity of the legal, social, cultural, and institutional forces at work within maritime economics. Port development, planning, and policy-making constitute the physical frameworks, while agency structures and consular networks make up the non-physical factors under discussion. Both land and sea commodities are examined, including capital mobilised from other sectors, and a particularly pertinent maritime commodity, fish. Through case studies, theory-driven analysis, evidence from statistical data, and regional and national comparisons, it successfully illustrates the structure of resource flow and the shape of maritime economic activity on an international scale spanning the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Nations examined include Scotland, England, New Zealand, Italy, Denmark, plus several Nordic and Mediterranean states. The book consists of three sections: the first exploring intangible infrastructures and their components; the second, resource flow and economic development; and, finally, the physical infrastructures of the ports themselves.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
Copyright Page4
About the Editors9
Contributors' Notes9
"Introduction: Resource Flows and Maritime Infrastructures"13
Part 1: Intangible Infrastructures and their Components13
"Ship Agents in the Twentieth Century"17
"Consular Services of the Nordic Countries during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries: Did They Really Work?"35
"The Narrow Sea Complex: A Hidden Dimension in Mediterranean Maritime History"55
Part 2: Resource Flows and Economic Development55
"Resources and Infrastructures in the Danish Maritime Economy: Evidence for the Coastal Zone, 1500-2000"75
"Resources and Infrastructures in the Maritime Economy of Southwest Scotland, 1750-1850"95
"Fishing Rights in the Postwar Period: The Case of North Sea Herring"115
Part 3: Physical Infrastructures: Port Development and Planning115
"Economy, Traffic and Infrastructure in the Port of Genoa, 1861-1970"131
"Centralised Port Planning: An Evaluation of the British and New Zealand Experience"153