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Europe and the Maritime World
A Twentieth-Century History

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  • Date Published: January 2014
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107659629

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  • Europe and the Maritime World: A Twentieth-Century History offers a new framework for understanding globalization over the past century. Through a detailed analysis of ports, shipping, and trading companies whose networks spanned the world, Michael B. Miller shows how a European maritime infrastructure made modern production and consumer societies possible. He argues that the combination of overseas connections and close ties to home ports contributed to globalization. Miller also explains how the ability to manage merchant shipping's complex logistics was central to the outcome of both world wars. He chronicles transformations in hierarchies, culture, identities, and port city space, all of which produced a new and different maritime world by the end of the century.

    • The first comprehensive study of the maritime world in the twentieth century.
    • One of the few interpretive histories of Europe that spans the entire twentieth century and that sets European history within a world perspective
    • A transnational history of networks across all the seas
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    • Winner of the 2010–2012 Alfred and Fay Chandler Book Award in Business History, Business History Review

    Reviews & endorsements

    "This book opens up a challenging and audacious new perspective on the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century globalization through its focus on European shipping, traders, and ports, and the networks that linked them. The ambitious scope of the book, resting as it does on deep research in many archives in many countries, is refreshing and a model of how transnational history should be written. The nuanced discussion of the evolving relationship between the global and the local is essential reading for all historians of globalization."
    Geoffrey Jones, Isidor Straus Professor of Business History, Harvard Business School

    "Michael B. Miller has produced a critical contribution to the history of the twentieth century, emphasizing the human dimension in the evolution of the globalized economy, through the impact of two world wars, the shift in economic power from West to East, the emergence of the Container, and the commodization of sea transport. In the process he integrates shipping, ports, hinterlands, business networks, and the wider economic impact of conflict, decolonization, and deregulation."
    Andrew Lambert, King’s College London

    "… a valuable addition to the scholarship on the subject. Highly recommended."

    "This book gives a superb account of European history as a maritime history and history of globalization."
    Gelina Harlaftis, International Journal of Maritime History

    "… will become a classic. This is a book that is a real pleasure to read, that is so full of information and debate that it will keep on giving."
    Helen Doe, The Journal of Transport History

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2014
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107659629
    • length: 452 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 156 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.63kg
    • contains: 11 b/w illus. 4 maps 7 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Networks:
    1. Ports
    2. Shipping
    3. Trading companies and their commodities
    4. Intermediaries
    5. Culture
    Part II. Exchanges:
    6. World War I
    7. The time of troubles
    8. War and remaking, 1939–60s
    9. Transformation.

  • Author

    Michael B. Miller, University of Miami
    Michael B. Miller is Professor of History at the University of Miami. He is the author of The Bon Marché: Bourgeois Culture and the Department Store, 1869–1920 (1981) and Shanghai on the Métro: Spies, Intrigue, and the French between the Wars (1994). Professor Miller serves on the board of the International Journal of Maritime History.


    • Winner of the 2010–2012 Alfred and Fay Chandler Book Award in Business History, Business History Review
    • Winner of the 2013 Hagley Prize in Business History

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