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African Seaports and Maritime Economics in Historical Perspective

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  • Provides an up to date account of seaport evolution in Africa building on existing academic literature and archival research that is currently relatively underrepresented
  • Brings multidisciplinary perspectives from History, Geography and Economics on port evolution and transport geography and economics in Africa
  • Offers insights into the insertion of the African continent into the different waves of globalization through the key role played by seaports, inland transport infrastructures and institutions in the long run

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

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Table of contents (9 chapters)


About this book

This book updates African maritime economic history to analyse the influence of seaports and seaborne trade, processes of urbanization and development, and the impact of globalization on port evolution within the different regions of Africa. It succeeds the seminal collection edited by Hoyle & Hilling which was conceived during a phase of sustained economic growth on the African continent, and builds on a similar trend where African economies have experienced processes of economic growth and the relative improvement of welfare conditions. It provides valuable insights on port evolution and the way the maritime sector has impacted the hinterland and the regional economic structures of the affected countries, including the several and varied agents involved in these activities.


African Seaports and Maritime Economics in Historical Perspective will be useful for economists, historians, and geographers interested in African and maritime issues, as well as policy makers interested in path-dependence and long-term analysis   

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of History and Strategic Studies, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

    Ayodeji Olukoju

  • Department of History-IATEXT, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

    Daniel Castillo Hidalgo

About the editors

Ayodeji Olukoju is Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the International Maritime Economic History Association (2008-12); Visiting Research Fellow of the Japan Foundation, I.D.E. (Tokyo), DAAD, British Academy, Leventis Foundation and Chapman Foundation (UK), and is author of The Liverpool of West Africa, other books, chapters in books and articles in journals of maritime, global, social, economic, transport and African history. 

Daniel Castillo Hidalgo is Assistant Professor of Economic History at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain. He is a specialist on African maritime economic history and he is widely published on this theme and more broadly on the long-term configuration of port systems. He is also interested in the port communities and the way maritime activity impacts on regional social and economic structures.


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