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Oil painting showing a train coming in to a multi-track railyard, with ships masts and smokestacks in the distance.

A Safe Port? Railway accidents in the dock

By now – after many years of work in the ‘Port Towns & Urban Cultures’ project – it’s probably old hat to say that port towns are important intersections between land and water, liminal zones and crossing points for people, goods and ideas. These transient places are of great interest to a range of historians, […]

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CFP: Free and Unfree Workers in Atlantic and Indian Ocean Port Cities (c. 1700-1850)

A call for papers has been announced for the following workshop entitled Free and Unfree Workers in Atlantic and Indian Ocean Port Cities (c. 1700-1850) to be held on 6-7th  May 2016 at the University of Pittsburgh. Historians have long treated slave labor and free labor as mutually exclusive ideal types.  Recent work has begun to challenge […]

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