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From Craftsmanship to Post-Fordism

Shipbuilding in the United Kingdom and Italy after WWII

Giulio Mellinato

QUANTITY AND QUALITY: FROM WAR TO RECONSTRUCTION

After World War II (WWII), the resumption of international trade involved the Italian and British maritime engineering in two completely different ways. In the United Kingdom, the shipbuilding sector was still a “staple industry” (Elbaum and Lazonick 1984), which had recovered from the contractions of the 1930s, and was fully riding the wave of growing demand. The national fleet was the first in the world, with 22% of the total tonnage in 1948, and a clear global leadership with regard to quality, reliability, and security, guaranteed everywhere by London-based Lloyd’s Register of Shipping. ...

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