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This front matter section of the book Japanese Shipping and Shipbuilding in the Twentieth Century contains the table of contents, preface and acknowledgements. The author examines the growth and development of Japan's modern shipping and shipbuilding industries across a wide range of topics, through the pre-war, Pacific War and post-war periods, to the transfer of shipping technology, the role of bulk carriers and world trade and the organization and structure of the Japanese merchant navy. Until the beginning of the eighteenth century the economic development of England and Wales was little different from that of its neighbors in Western Europe. Like them its relatively small population was mainly engaged in rural pursuits or in agriculturally based industries. A minor distinction was that the country already enjoyed a long tradition of naval glory and its geographic position was gradually encouraging a greater emphasis on overseas trade.

Keywords: economic development; England; Japan's modern shipping; Japanese merchant navy; shipbuilding industries; Wales; Western Europe



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