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By Gelina Harlaftis

Greek-owned transport has been on the most sensible of the realm fleet for the final 20 years. Winner of the 1997 Runciman Award, this richly sourced learn lines the improvement of the Greek tramp fleet from the mid-nineteenth century to the current day. Gelina Harlaftis argues that the luck of Greek-owned transport in recent times has been a consequence no longer of a couple of marketers utilizing flags of comfort within the Nineteen Forties, yet of networks and organisational constructions which date again to the 19th century. This examine presents the main entire historical past of improvement of contemporary Greek delivery ever released. it's illustrated with a number of maps and pictures, and comprises vast tables of basic information.

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6 THE NINETEENTH CENTURY of the Black Sea but also secured a long-desired direct sea route to southern and western Europe. Another fifty years were needed, however, to secure the right of free navigation for ships of all nations. The Russo-Turkish War of 1828–9 ended with another Russian victory, codified in the Treaty of Adrianople which provided Russia with absolute freedom of trade in the Ottoman dominions and guaranteed all peaceful nations complete freedom of navigation. This virtually internationalised the Straits and Black Sea, although the treaty made no such explicit statement.

A Communal Response to Change’, DPhil thesis, University of Oxford, 1983, appendix VI SHIPPING The great upsurge in trade from the eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea was paralleled by an unprecedented increase in shipping in these areas; shipping clearly followed demand for carrying capacity. 32 examines the shipping that served the region, Greek participation, and the main changes in Mediterranean shipping with the introduction of steam. Since the Greeks were involved mostly in bulk trades, which dominated exports from the Black Sea, it is useful to analyse shipping from this area in more detail.

8 indicates a continuous growth of Greek-owned shipping from the Black Sea. At this point I think it is important to examine in more detail what is meant by the term ‘Greekowned’ at this particular period. This term has been used to refer not only to ships under the Greek flag but also those that were Greek-owned but used alternative flags. The issue of flags of convenience has proved a difficult problem for Greek historians. The importance of Greek shipping in the Levantine trade has long been obscured by the fact that almost all Greeks until the 1820s were technically Turkish citizens.

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