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National Maritime Day 2018 - Cambridge Scholars Publishing

This month we are happy to be marking National Maritime Day, which takes place in the United States on the 22nd of May each year. This commemorative day was created by Congress in 1933 to mark the American steamship Savannah’s crossing of the Atlantic Ocean to England in 1819, the first time a ship had ever done so powered by steam propulsion. Today, National Maritime Day marks not only this historic event, but also the continuing role played by the maritime and shipping industries in America’s security and prosperity.

At Cambridge Scholars Publishing we are proud to publish texts that explore and analyse all aspects of the maritime world, as well as texts that delve into the history of maritime commerce, exchange, and exploration. To celebrate National Maritime Day we are therefore offering readers a 50% discount on four of our best received titles in this area. To find out more about each title, click on the image. 

To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code MARITIME18 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 1st June 2018.

The process of modernization, especially during the twentieth century, has brought about dramatic changes in most cities situated on a body of water. Against this background, Venice and Tokyo represent paradigmatic cases of the many challenges which confront urban governance in cities on water. The urban history of these cities is intimately linked to their relationship with water, which has changed over the centuries, creating complex structures that have characterized their physical aspect. From this perspective, Fragile and Resilient Cities on Water: Perspectives from Venice and Tokyo highlights the most important socio-economic, historical, identitarian, environmental, and cultural dimensions of the process of the “rediscovery of water” in Venice and Tokyo. It pays particular attention to the various implications of living in such a fragile and liminal space between land and water, where natural risks and social and economic vulnerability are particularly high.

Poised between the land and the sea, enabling the dynamic flow of people and goods, while also figuratively representing a safe place of rest and refuge, the harbor constitutes a liminal, ambivalent space par excellence that has been central to the American imagination and history since the early colonial days. In Harbors, Flows, and Migrations: The USA in/and the World, thirty-two American Studies scholars from around the world interrogate the manifold significance of ports and of the exchanges they enable or restrain, casting a decentered look onto the complex positioning of the United States in its political, ideological, and cultural relationships with the rest of the world.  thus offers a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary investigation of the U.S.A., engaging the most recent trends in American Studies and actively participating in the international reconfiguration of the field.

There has been tremendous growth in the development of advanced marine vehicles over the last few decades and many of these developments have been presented at the International High Performance Marine Vehicles Conference held annually since 1997 in Shanghai, China. This comprehensive first volume of Performance, Technology and Application of High Performance Marine Vessels covers high speed monohulls, multihulls, hydrofoil craft, air cavity craft and wing-in-ground effect craft. The papers cover a wide variety of hullforms, including deep-V hulls, stepped hulls, axe-bow hullforms, trimarans and pentamarans, foil assisted catamarans and air-lubrication craft. All aspects of design, including resistance, powering, seakeeping and maneuvering performance of these vessels, are covered through theoretical, experimental and numerical investigations.

The growth in England and Britain’s merchant marine from the medieval period onwards meant that an increasing number of criminal offences were committed on or against the country’s vessels while they were at sea. Between 1536 and 1834, such crimes were determined at the Admiralty Sessions if brought to trial. The Admiralty Sessions, 1536-1834: Maritime Crime and the Silver Oar documents the origins, development and abolition of the Admiralty Sessions. It discusses all of the major crimes that were determined by the forum, and examines some of the more arcane and unusual offences that ended up there. Some of the unusual challenges presented by the maritime environment, whether the impossibility of preserving dead bodies at sea, the extensive power given to captains to physically punish sailors, the difficulty of securing suspects in small vessels, or the often gruesome problems occasioned by the marginal legal status of slaves, are also considered in detail.


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