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Shipbuilding in the United Kingdom
A History of the British Shipbuilders Corporation

ISBN 9780367687038
Published August 1, 2022 by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

Shipbuilding in the United Kingdom provides a systematic historical account of the British Shipbuilders Corporation, first looking at this major industry under private enterprise, then under state control, and finally back in private hands.

The chapters trace the evolution of public policy regarding shipbuilding, ship repair, and large marine engine building through the tenures of radically different Labour and Conservative governments, and through the response of the board of the British Shipbuilders Corporation, trade unions, and local management also. The book benefits from comprehensive archival research and interviews from the 1990s with leading players in the industry, as well as politicians, shipbuilders, trade union leaders, and senior civil servants.

This authoritative monograph is a valuable resource for advanced students and researchers across the fields of business history, economic history, industrial history, labour history, maritime history, and British history.

Table of Contents


1. British shipbuilding under the Labour government, 1966–70

2. British shipbuilding under the Conservative government, 1970–74

3. The long road to nationalisation of shipbuilding under two Labour governments, 1974–77

4. British Shipbuilders: the first two years under a Labour government

5. British Shipbuilders under the Conservative government, 1979–83

6. Privatisation of British Shipbuilders under two Conservative governments, 1983–90


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Hugh Murphy is Honorary Professor in the Department of Economic and Social History, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. He is also Visiting Reader in Maritime History at the National Maritime Museum, Royal Museums, Greenwich.