ABOUT THIS BOOK
Maritime trade is the backbone of the world’s economy. Around ninety percent of all goods are transported by ship, and since World War II, shipbuilding has undergone major changes in response to new commercial pressures and opportunities. Early British dominance, for example, was later undermined in the 1950s by competition from the Japanese, who have since been overtaken by South Korea and, most recently, China. The case studies in this volume trace these and other important developments in the shipbuilding and ship repair industries, as well as workers’ responses to these historic transformations.
Raquel Varela is a researcher at the Institute for Contemporary History at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Hugh Murphy is a visiting reader in maritime history at the Royal Museums Greenwich and professor of economic and social history at the University of Glasgow. Marcel van der Linden is a senior research fellow at the International Institute for Social History in Amsterdam.