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Ships and Shipping in the North Sea and Atlantic, 1400–1800

1st Edition

By Richard W. Unger


316 pages

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First published in 1997, this collection of articles, two of which hitherto only appeared in Dutch, examines the technical changes in shipbuilding, as well as new practices in shipping and fishing, from the late Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution. It seeks to show how these changes transformed the European economy and affected the relationship between the economy and governments, and to portray the process, although most dramatic in the Dutch Republic, as part of a general European phenomenon. The studies also investigate the causes of these developments, and suggest how improvements in shipping may have affected patterns of trade and behaviour of public authorities.


'…anyone studying medieval and early modern economic history will find it convenient to have Unger's valuable papers collected in one volume.' Economic History Review, Vol. LII, No. 1 '…readers [will] return to these essays for their many insights, not simply into the history of Dutch ships and European shipping over the course of some five centuries, but also into the expanding economies of which ships and shipping were such significant and typical parts.' The Northern Mariner, Vol. 19, No. 2 'Students of medieval and early modern seafaring will welcome this volume…' The International History review, Vol. XXI, No. 4

Table of Contents

Part 1. Dutch Shipbuilding. 1. Dutch Shipcarpenters’ Guilds, c.1400 to c.1600. Mededlingen van de Nederlandse Vereniging voor Zeegeschiedenis 24. Delft, 1972. 2. Selling Dutch Ships in the Sixteenth Century. Meritime History 3. Newton Abbot, 1973. 3. Four Dordrecht Ships of the Sixteenth Century. The Mariner’s Mirror 61. Exeter, 1975. 4. Wooden Shipbuilding at Dordrecht. Mededelingen van de Nederlandse Vereniging voor Zeegeschiedenis 30. Delft, 1975. 5. Wooden Shipbuilding in Zeeland. First Translation of ‘Houen Scheepsbouw in Zeeland’, Zeeuws Tijdschrift 26, 4/5, pp. 130-134. Middelburg, 1976. 6. Dutch Design Specialization and Building Methods in the Seventeenth Century. Postmedieval Boat and Ship Archaeology, ed. C. O. Cederlund. Oxford: B.A.R., 1985. 7. Marine Paintings and the History of Shipbuilding: Dutch and Flemish Works as a Source of Research. Art in History / history in Art, eds J. de Vries and D. Friedberg. Santa Monica, CA: Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities, 1991. 8. Shipping in the Northern Netherlands, 1490-1580. First Translation of ‘Scheepvaart in de Noordelijke Nederlanden 1490-1580’, Nieuwe Algemene Geschiedenis der Nederlanden 7, eds J. A. van Houtte et al., pp. 109-122. Haarlem: Fibula-Van Dishoeck, 1979. Part 2. Shipbuilding, Governments and Shipping. 9. Warships and Cargo Ships in Medieval Europe. Technology and Culture 22. Chicago, IL, 1981. 10. Admiralties and Warships of Europe and the Mediterranean, 1000-1500. Changing Interpretations and New Sources of Naval History, ed. R.W. Love. New York: Garland, 1980. 11. Regulation and Organization of Seamen in the Netherlands and Germany before the Industrial Revolution. Seamen in Society, Proceedings of the International Commission of Maritime History, Perthes-en-Gâtinais, France, Bucharest, 1980. 12. Portuguese Shipbuilding and the Early Voyages to the Guinea Coast. Vice-Almirante A. Teixeira Da Mota In Memoriam 1. Lisbon: Academia de Marinha & Instituto de Investigaçao Cientifica Tropical, 1987. 13. Northern Ships and the Late Medieval Economy: Columbus and the Medieval Maritime Tradition. The American Neptune 53, 4. Salem, MA, 1993. 14. The Technical Development of Shipbuilding and Government Policies in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries. Atti del V Convegno Internazionale di Studi Colombiani Navi e Navigazioni Nei Secoli XV e XVI. Genoa: Civico Instituto Colombiano, 1990. 15. Design and Construction of European Warships in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. Les Marines de Guerre Europennes XVII-XVIIIe siècles, eds M. Acerra, J. Merino and J. Meyer. Paris: Presses de l’Université de Paris-Sorbonne, 1986. 16. The Tonnage of Europe’s Merchant Fleets 1300-1800. The Amreican Neptune 52, 4. Salem, MA, 1992. Part 3. Fishing and Trade in the North and Baltic Seas. 17. The Netherlands Herring Fishery in the Late Middle Ages: the False Legend of Willem Beukels of Biervliet. Viator 9. Berkeley, CA, 1978. 18. Dutch Herring Technology and International Trade in the Seventeenth Century. Journal of Economic History 40. Atlanta, GA, 1980. 19. The Dutch Coal Trade in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries. Mededelingen van de Nederlandse Vereniging voor Zeegeschiedenis 43. Delft, 1981. 20. Grain, Beer and Shipping in the North and Baltic Seas. Medieval Ships and the Birth of Technological Societies 1: Northern Europe, eds C. Villain-Gandossi, S. Busuttil and P. Adam. Malta: Foundation for International Studies, 1989.

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