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Resources and Infrastructures in the Maritime Economy, 1500-2000$
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Gordon Boyce and Richard Gorski

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780973007329

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780973007329.001.0001

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Intangible Infrastructures and their Components

Intangible Infrastructures and their Components

Part 1: Intangible Infrastructures and their Components
Resources and Infrastructures in the Maritime Economy, 1500-2000

Gordon Boyce

Liverpool University Press

This section explores the intangible infrastructures of maritime economies and the shipping industry through analysis of three separate components. The first sub-section explores the role of shipping agents in the twentieth century by analysing the varieties of agencies, their changing functions, the impact of both World Wars, and, in particular, the impact of containerisation. It determines that by the end of the century, technological, geopolitical, and managerial transformations rendered the role of the shipping agent all but obsolete. The second sub-section examines the consular services of Nordic countries during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in order to determine whether or not they were successful, and discovers that the assumption that consular services lowered maritime transaction costs cannot be wholly verified. The final sub-section explores the Mediterranean narrow-sea nexus and the way in which the Mediterranean region served as a ‘strategic corridor’ for European colonial activity.

Keywords:   Shipping Agents, Nordic Consular Services, Mediterranean Shipping, Containerisation, World War One, Narrow Sea Nexus, Maritime Colonialism, Mediterranean Solution

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