- Title Pages
- Introduction to the 2012 Edition
- Series Editor's Foreword
- Chapter 1 The Widening of Horizons, 1560-1689
- Chapter 2 Consolidation, 1689-1775
- Chapter 3 Ships and Shipbuilders in the Seventeenth Century
- Chapter 4 Ships and Shipbuilders in the Eighteenth Century
- Chapter 5 The Shipowners
- Chapter 6 The Merchant Seamen
- Chapter 7 The Pay and Conditions of Merchant Seamen
- Chapter 8 Shipping Management and the Role of the Master
- Chapter 9 Shipping and Trade
- Chapter 10 The Nearby and Northern European Trades
- Chapter 11 The Southern European and Mediterranean Trades
- Chapter 12 The East Indian Trade
- Chapter 13 The American and West Indian Trades
- Chapter 14 The Government and the Shipping Industry
- Chapter 15 War and the Shipping Industry
- Chapter 16 Four Ships and Their Fortunes
- Chapter 17 Was It a Profitable Business?
- Chapter 18 Conclusion
- Appendix A A Note on the Shipping Statistics, 1686-1788
- Appendix B Sources for the History of the Shipping Industry
- (p.373) Chapter 18 Conclusion
- The Rise of the English Shipping Industry in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
- Liverpool University Press
This chapter brings the findings of the journal to a conclusion. It gives an overview of the industrial and shipping progress made between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, noting that the need for the bulk transport of goods propelled much of the development. It reviews the rate of growth and the part shipping played in laying the groundwork for the coming Industrial Revolution. It concludes that these two centuries of shipping established British monopolies, greater wealth, and the dependence of the American economy - a status quo which would last for another century.
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