America's Maritime Legacy: A History of the U.S. Merchant Marine and Shipbuilding Industry Since Colonial Times: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

America's Maritime Legacy: A History of the U.S. Merchant Marine and Shipbuilding Industry Since Colonial Times

1st Edition

By Robert A. Kilmarx

Routledge

280 pages

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Hardback: 9780367020910
pub: 2019-06-07
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This study presents a comprehensive historical analysis of merchant shipping on the high seas and associated shipbuilding under sovereign U.S. jurisdiction from precolonial times to the present. The volume traces the history of the merchant marine and shipbuilding industries; identifies U.S. policy developments that have affected those industries; and assesses the impact of these policies (or lack thereof) on the abilities of the U.S. shipbuilding industry and merchant fleets to meet U.S. economic and defense requirements, particularly in times of national emergency and conflict, It breaks new ground in its analysis of the contributions of the major segments of these industries to the general development of the United States, its military strength, and its expanding role in world affairs.

Table of Contents

Preface -- The Rise of the Shipping Industry in Colonial America -- The Golden Age -- The Civil War and the Period of Decline: 1861-1913 -- World War I Maritime Policy and the National Security: 1914-1919 -- The Years between the Wars: 1919–1939 -- The Contribution of U.S. Shipbuilding and the Merchant Marine to the Second World War -- American Maritime Power since World War II -- The Shipbuilding Industry: A Summary of Developments and Commentary

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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HISTORY / General