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Global MarketsThe Internationalization of the Sea Transport Industries since 1850$
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David J Starkey and Gelina Harlaftis

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780968128848

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780968128848.001.0001

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Convergence or National Styles? The Japanese Challenge to British-Norwegian Hegemony in the Twentieth-Century Whaling Industry

Convergence or National Styles? The Japanese Challenge to British-Norwegian Hegemony in the Twentieth-Century Whaling Industry

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(p.259) Convergence or National Styles? The Japanese Challenge to British-Norwegian Hegemony in the Twentieth-Century Whaling Industry
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Global Markets
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Bjørn L. Basberg

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780968128848.003.0012

This chapter discusses the British-Norwegian technological and economic hegemony of the modern whaling industry during the twentieth century, and the nature of the challenge presented by Japan, and the relationship between rival states during this period of globalisation. It follows the development of Japanese whaling; their adoption of the modern ‘Norwegian’ method; the 1934 Japanese move into Antarctic waters; and the eventual dominance of Japan over the whaling industry. It concludes by affirming that Japan’s success came from importing British-Norwegian technology, and later, blueprints, in order to adopt and adapt modern whaling technology to suit their national needs, demonstrating that the integration of technology is made possible by globalisation.

Keywords:   Whale Oil Trade, Modern Whaling, Antarctic Whaling, Maritime Japan, Norwegian Whaling Method

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