Book Review – ‘The World’s Key Industry: History and economics of international shipping’ by Gelina Harlaftis, Stig Tenold and Jesus M. Valdaliso (eds)

By Roy Fenton, published November 2020


A volume of papers devoted to the history and economics of the shipping industry as it evolved in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, The World’s Key Industry was conceived as a tribute to Lewis ‘Skip’ Fischer. Described by the editors as the scholar who has, above all others, promoted maritime history as an international discipline, Skip has an introductory chapter by Lars Scholl and David Williams devoted to his achievements. This highlights his key role in forming the International Maritime Economic History Association, its International Journal of Maritime History, and its four-yearly congresses. There follow 12 papers by academics from Europe, North America, Hong Kong and Australia exploring aspects of shipping history which reflect their research interests. The individual subjects chosen are spread widely, but are invariably useful contributions to the field….

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