30.01.2013

THE BOX - HOW THE SHIPPING CONTAINER MADE THE WORLD SMALLER AND THE WORLD ECONOMY BIGGER

The Box - How the shipping container made the world smaller and the world economy bigger

 
 Author(s)                

Marc Levinson
 Publisher
Princeton University Press
 Date
2008
 Pages
400
 Format
djvu
 Size
2.9 Mb

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   The present book was first published on the 15th anniversary of the very first container voyage; nowadays, it is the first complete history of the shipping container. "The Box" recounts how containerization was turned from a quite impractical idea into a really massive industry slashing the cost of goods transportation around the world and making the boom in global trade become possible. However, the container did not just happen. Its adoption required great money and required years negotiations on standards that made it possible for any container to travel on ship or train or truck. In his publication, the famous economist of today, Marc Levinson, shows how the container managed to get the economic geography transformed thus devastating traditional ports such as London and NY and fueling the growth of ones that were previously obscure.

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