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Akrotiri’s “Dolphin”Taverna, not far from the ruins. Photo: Isaac Land

The Coastal History Blog 35: A Cosmopolitan Bronze Age Port?

In Mediterranean studies, does the cosmopolitan port town rank alongside “sun and sea… olives and myrtle… the commonplaces pervading the literature, all description and repetition”?[1] Articles with titles like “Cosmopolitanism Reconsidered” and “The Cosmopolitan Mediterranean: Myth and Reality” have raised doubts about the whole project.[2] It’s one thing to state that that two or more […]

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An advertisement featured in the Eastern Morning News, 25 May 1915. 
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Transcending Space? Maritime Place Identity and Mass Mobilisation in Hull during the First World War

The city of Hull, East Yorkshire enjoyed the status of ‘third port’ with a booming, world-renowned fishing industry on the outbreak of war on 4 August 1914. This industry, employing many thousands of local men and women in trawling and peripheral works, was fundamentally altered by ‘total war’, as civilian fishing vessels and their men […]

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The Coastal History Blog 30: “Maritime Heritage and Social Justice”

In May, I participated in a conference in Bordeaux, Self, other and elsewhere: Images and imaginaries of the port cities of Atlantic and Mediterranean Europe (1700-present).  [1] One particularly animated panel on the second day, “The taboo of the trade,” concerned how French ports such as Nantes and Bordeaux itself were coming to terms with […]

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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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Port Towns & Urban Cultures Events Calendar

April 2016 14th – 15th April – International Postgraduate Port and Maritime History Conference, University of Strathclyde. The study of port cities and their relationship to maritime endeavour and enterprise is a diverse and interdisciplinary practice, which draws on research methods from sociology, anthropology and archaeology, and brings together aspects of social, economic and cultural […]

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