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Struggling for Leadership: Antwerp-Rotterdam Port Competition between 1870 –2000

  • Reginald Loyen
  • Erik Buyst
  • Greta Devos
Conference proceedings

Part of the Contributions to Economics book series (CE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Introduction

    1. Reginald Loyen, Erik Buyst, Greta Devos, Jan Blomme
      Pages 1-9
  3. Recent trends in maritime and port history

    1. David M. Williams
      Pages 11-26
  4. Throughput cluster

  5. Port authority cluster

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Frank Seberechts
      Pages 171-178
    3. Henk Molenaar
      Pages 179-193

About these proceedings


The present volume contains the proceedings of an international conference on the economic history of the seaports of Antwerp and Rotterdam (1870-2000). This venue was held at Antwerp on 10-11 May 2001 and was hosted by the Antwerp Port Authority. This international conference aimed at confronting the development of both ports. In the course of the last century and a half, economic growth in the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam has been staggering. Maritime economic historians, economists and geographers alike have investigated the development of both ports extensively, but separately. So far, only a limited number of attempts have been made to analyse Rotterdam-Antwerp port history from a comparative perspective. The papers presented at the conference provide a challenging starting point to - certain how and why both ports reacted differently to virtually the same economic and political stimuli. By bringing together both historians, economists and lawyers with different fields of interest, we have attempted to put the history of the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam in a broader international and comparative perspective.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Reginald Loyen
    • 1
  • Erik Buyst
    • 1
  • Greta Devos
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Economic StudiesUniversity of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Center for Business HistoryUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Struggling for Leadership: Antwerp-Rotterdam Port Competition between 1870 –2000
  • Editors Reginald Loyen
    Erik Buyst
    Greta Devos
  • Series Title Contributions to Economics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Physica-Verlag Heidelberg 2003
  • Publisher Name Physica, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-7908-1524-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-57485-6
  • Series ISSN 1431-1933
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 338
  • Number of Illustrations 2 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Regional/Spatial Science
    Social Sciences, general
    Commercial Law
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