Class notes for Ports - September 1

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Class notes for Tuesday September 1, 2009 PPD 245 Roth PORTS Geographic context: the Atlantic World, and waterborne trade includes oceangoing transport as well as major inland bodies of water including the Mediterranean, the Black Sea and the Great Lakes. (map) Analytical context is the configuration of markets, the reasons for moving goods from one place to another. (Marco Polo and the Silk Road) Trade stimulated technological developments in sail and navigation, as well as territorial expansion and colonialism. (sugar islands, Dutch trading posts, Spanish colonies, 1492-1519) What happens in those places that become nodes of trade? (Amsterdam, London, Marseilles, Liverpool – map) Labor markets and commercial networks in port cities. Ref. Levinson, The Box , which describes savings that container shipping offered over prior costs. Those prior costs were all firms that were put out of business: pier-side warehousing, freight forwarders, labor contractors. Innovations in financial services were connected with inter-regional trade and emerged in trading cities: banking (Florence, 14 th c), insurance (Venice, Amsterdam), joint-stock companies configured to distribute and minimize risk (c.1600, Dutch East India Co, British East India Co., The Virginia Co., all based on royal charters) Origins of port cities in North America:
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This note was uploaded on 01/31/2010 for the course PPD 245 taught by Professor Agarwal during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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