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Maritime History as Global History$
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Maria Fusaro and Amélia Polónia

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780986497339

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780986497339.001.0001

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Technological Advances in the Maritime Sector: Some Implications for Trade, Modernization and the Process of Globalization in the Nineteenth Century

Technological Advances in the Maritime Sector: Some Implications for Trade, Modernization and the Process of Globalization in the Nineteenth Century

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(p.177) Technological Advances in the Maritime Sector: Some Implications for Trade, Modernization and the Process of Globalization in the Nineteenth Century
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Maritime History as Global History
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David M. Williams

John Armstrong

, Lewis R. Fischer, Even Lange
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780986497339.003.0008

This essay examines the impact of three tremendous developments in maritime transport technology - the steamship, the telegraph, and the railway - on global industrialisation and the advent of the ‘Second Global Age’. It is divided into three parts: the first surveys the development of steam navigation and locomotion by country and continent; the second explores the relationship between maritime trade and the ‘new world economy’ - particularly the impact of shortened distances and the increase in availability of information; and the third examines the challenges for maritime merchants that developed alongside the improved global communication systems. It concludes that both transport and communication were essential to the development of a world economy, and that British maritime activity was a crucial contributory element.

Keywords:   Port Infrastructures, Maritime Technology, Industrialisation, Steam Technology, Age of Steam, Age of Rail

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