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British Shipping and World Competition$
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S G Sturmey

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780986497322

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780986497322.001.0001

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The Question Answered

The Question Answered

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(p.321) Chapter 15 The Question Answered
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British Shipping and World Competition
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S.G. Sturmey

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780986497322.003.0015

This final chapter returns to the original question laid out at the start of the volume: why the tonnage of British ships declined by an enormous amount between 1900 and 1960. It brings together the findings of the volume to provide a definitive conclusion. It reiterates the changes in economic factors; interferences with the competitive process; trade factors; war; taxation; policy-making; growth rates; and growth constraints, concluding that overall, the decline of the industry was primarily due to internal decision-making rather than external factors. Upon publication, this conclusion drew ire and scrutiny, but Sturmey’s arguments have generally stood the test of time.

Keywords:   Maritime Warfare, Maritime Trade, Maritime Taxation, Maritime Policy-making, British Shipping Economics

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