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Decolonisation, Diversification and Decline: Liverpool Shipping and the End of Empire

White, NJ (2022) Decolonisation, Diversification and Decline: Liverpool Shipping and the End of Empire. Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, 171 (1). pp. 105-130. ISSN 0140-332X

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The publishing and curating career of Mike Stammers demonstrated Liverpool’s multifarious colonial connections. The port city’s overseas trade remained heavily oriented towards developing-world markets into the era of decolonisation after the Second World War. The non-European trade bias was reflected in the cluster of world-renowned imperial shipping lines which continued to be based on Merseyside. Drawing upon the rich archive collections of the Merseyside Maritime Museum, as well as company histories often written by ex-employees or authors with privileged access to business records, this article explores Liverpool’s experience of decolonisation. It analyses how Liverpool’s maritime cluster was affected by the ending of the European empires, how Liverpool shipowners reacted to decolonisation through diversification, and how the combination of decolonisation and diversification led to the decline of Merseyside’s overseas shipping sector by the late-twentieth century.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Liverpool University Press
Date Deposited: 08 Feb 2022 12:07
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2023 10:46
DOI or ID number: 10.3828/transactions.171.9
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16261
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