This newly launched series seeks to publish current research of the highest quality in the fields of maritime and port history. The series is perhaps unique in encompassing the histories of both ports and the maritime.
Though the centrality of maritime activity to human history is long established rich possibilities for future research remain – but all maritime activities depend on and connect ports, their hinterlands, and their communities, serving to link peoples, economies, and cultures. Most obviously, ports are at the centre of regional and international trade and business networks. Likewise, all navies, merchant or military, are dependent on ports, their services and their infrastructures. The relationship between the maritime and the port is a symbiotic one. At the same time, ports and their histories are worthy of study in their own right. Ports are bridge locations, focal points in processes of exchange and transfer that are social, cultural and demographic as much as they are economic. These functions render ports unique and distinctive spaces within the urban hierarchy and within their ‘host’ societies and cultures they have often acted as key nodes in successive waves of globalisation. By deliberately and explicitly placing the fields of port and maritime history together in a single book series we aim to foster intellectually and methodologically innovative contributions to a range of sub-disciplines within history. This could be summed up as a desire to cross boundaries and borders. It is one that chimes with current developments in history inspired by movements such as global history/the history of globalization, post-colonialism, subaltern studies, and the identification of Atlantic, Asian and Mediterranean worlds and systems whilst still drawing on economic, business, cultural, social, political, diplomatic, and other historical field history. The series focuses on the early modern period and forward but is not limited in its geographical scope.
Andrew Popp, University of Baltimore
Nicholas J. White, Liverpool John Moores University
Commissioning Editor: Alison Welsby firstname.lastname@example.org