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Although an established global industry the development and importance of fisheries is overlooked by many historians, disregarded as a parochial coastal trade. This is disappointing, since fisheries epitomise many aspects of man’s relationship with the maritime world and the enviroment: the congruence between occupation and community; the projection of power and national identity; the construction and appropriation of scientific knowledge; and the development of international institutions to ameliorate conflict and engender development. Most importantly, fisheries offer a history of our exploration of a global commons that has conditioned national jurisdiction over marine resources. The current status of world fisheries demands transnational [perspectives: if they are to provide meaningful insights, so must historical accounts.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe new Palgrave dictionary of transnational history
EditorsA. Iriye, P. Saunier
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781403992956
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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