British Shipping and World Competition by S. G. Stanley George Sturmey

British Shipping and World Competition by S. G. [Stanley George] Sturmey available soon at the sparkling BookLovers of Bath web site!

London: University of London, The Athlone Press, 1962, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Appendix; Tables; Contents: The Problem Defined; High Water: The Pre-1914 Period; War And Reconstruction; The Troubled Years: The Interwar Period; Nationalism In Shipping In The Interwar Years; The Birth Of Liberty; The Prosperous Age: The Post-War Period; Enemies Of Competition In The Postwar Years; Flags Of Convenience; Economics Of Shipping Enterprises; Ship Owning And Resource Allocation; Labour Relations And Labour Costs (Basil Mogridge); The Conference System; The Structure Of The British Industry; The Question Answered; Epilogue: The Future; Appendix: The Contribution Of British Shipping To The Balance Of Payments;

From the cover: It is only since about 1900 that the British shipping industry has had to meet severe and increasing international competition; and between 1900 and 1960 British-registered tonnage has declined from over 45 per cent to under 16 per cent of the world total. In this important study Dr Sturmey traces the history of the industry in its international context, examines the various explanations that might be advanced for its relative decline, and considers its prospects for the future.

He suggests that no fully adequate cause can be found in any of the factors external to the British industry such as changes in the underlying competitive situation, interferences with the competitive process, wars, trade changes, or the repercussions of government policies not directly concerned with shipping; and that the position in which the industry now finds itself is essentially attributable to the operation of certain internal constraints on growth, which must be removed if the industry is to recover its buoyancy.

Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Edges of the dust wrapper somewhat frayed, with inexpert tape reinforcements, and a little faded. Price Clipped. Previous owners’ name to the first blank. Edges of the textblock heavily tanned. Pages lightly age-tanned. Pen ticks to a couple of items in the contents list. Text complete, clean and tight otherwise if slightly musty.

Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 436 pages. Index. Bibliography. 8¾” x 5¾”.

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