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Shipping and Globalization in the Post-War Era

Contexts, Companies, Connections

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  • Presents new research on shipping and globalisation over the last sixty years
  • Highlights the importance of dialogue between maritime, business and general history in order to understand the transformations of this period
  • Demonstrates the value of interdisciplinary approaches to analysing complex connections across various parts of Europe, Asia and Africa

Part of the book series: Palgrave Studies in Maritime Economics (PSME)

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About this book

This open access book belongs to the Maritime Business and Economic History strand of the Palgrave Studies in Maritime Economics book series.

This volume highlights the contribution of the shipping industry to the transformations in business and society of the postwar era. Shipping was both an example and an engine of globalization and structural change. In turn, the industry experienced and pioneered, mirrored and enabled key developments that led to the present-day globalized economy. Contributions address issues such as the macro-level shift of shipping’s centre of gravity from Europe to Asia, the political and legal frameworks within which it developed, the strategies and performance of both successful and unsuccessful firms, and the links between the shipping industry and the wider economy and society. Without shipping and its ability to forge connections and networks of a global reach, the modern world would look very different.

By bringing together scholars from various disciplinary and national backgrounds, this book advances our understanding of the linkages that bind economies and societies together.

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Connections

Editors and Affiliations

  • Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, UK

    Niels P. Petersson

  • Department of Economics, NHH – Norwegian School of Economics, Bergen, Norway

    Stig Tenold

  • School of Humanities and Social Science, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK

    Nicholas J. White

About the editors

Niels P. Petersson is Professor of History at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. His research interests are in global and transnational history, including the history of business and trade, the shipping industry, Empire, and labour.

Stig Tenold is Professor of Economic History at the Department of Economics, NHH Norwegian School of Economics. His main research has been within the field of contemporary maritime history, both from an economic history and from a business history angle.

Nicholas J. White is Professor of Imperial and Commonwealth History at Liverpool John Moores University. His main research interests are in the history of decolonization (particularly in Southeast Asia) and international business (with a focus recently upon ocean-going shipping).

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Shipping and Globalization in the Post-War Era

  • Book Subtitle: Contexts, Companies, Connections

  • Editors: Niels P. Petersson, Stig Tenold, Nicholas J. White

  • Series Title: Palgrave Studies in Maritime Economics

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

  • eBook Packages: Economics and Finance, Economics and Finance (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-26001-9Published: 02 December 2019

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-26004-0Published: 11 September 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-26002-6Published: 21 November 2019

  • Series ISSN: 2662-6551

  • Series E-ISSN: 2662-656X

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XI, 290

  • Number of Illustrations: 5 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Maritime Economics, Modern History, Trade, Logistics

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