Population and Society in Western European Port-Cities c.1650-1939, edited by Richard Lawton and Robert Lee
Published by Liverpool University Press in 2002, 385 pages. Paperback (N2561)
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This book brings together nine academic essays on the population dynamics and development of Western European port-cities.
In a substantial overview chapter Professors Lawton and Lee examine Port Development and the Demographic Dynamics of European Urbanisation, setting in context the individual case studies which follow.......
These studies - of Cork, Genoa, Glasgow, Hamburg, Liverpool, Malmo, Nantes, Portsmouth and Trieste - provide an important enhancement of our understanding of the particular socio-economic and demographic characteristics of port-cities, and point to the existence of a particular port demographic regime. They emphasise the central importance of the high proportion of unskilled and casual labour, the susceptibility of cyclical employment, the inflated risk of epidemic infection, and other demographic and economic factors specific to port-cities.
The focus of this book on a port typology enables it to make a major contribution to the analysis of urban population dynamics in the period 1750-1939.