Ports and Their Functions: Some Reflections About Preindustrial Logistics

  • Werner ScheltjensEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)


Based on an example of iron deliveries from Russia to Great Britain around the mid-eighteenth century, Scheltjens describes the various functions of ports and their role as providers of manpower during the continental and maritime stages of the iron supply route. The chapter uses the insights gained from this example for a brief discussion of the main characteristics of preindustrial logistics, paying attention mostly to the organisation of long-distance commodity chains, the people involved in ‘manning’ these chains and the ways in which the chain unfolded in space and time.


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  1. 1.University of LeipzigLeipzigGermany

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