Huge metal boxes that can be carried on ships, trains, and trucks, containers are the central artifacts in today’s global economy. They can be seen everywhere, but these cargo boxes have been in use only since 1956. In less than 50 years, they have revolutionized surface freight transportation, liner shipping, port cities, and the railroad industry. Arthur Donovan will present an overview of this part of our contemporary history, telling the story of containerization and how it has transformed world trade and revolutionized the flow of goods.
Arthur Donovan is the author and editor of a number of books and articles in the history of science and technology. While teaching at United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, his research interests focused on maritime history. His two most recent books, both co-authored, are The Abandoned Ocean, A History of United States Maritime Policy, written with Andrew Gibson and published in 2000, and The Box That Changed The World, Fifty Years of Containerization, written with Joseph Bonney, the Editor of The Journal of Commerce, and published in 2006.
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