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    Capitalism and the sea: the maritime factor in the making of the modern world

    Campling, L. and Colas, Alex (2021) Capitalism and the sea: the maritime factor in the making of the modern world. New York, U.S.: Verso. ISBN 9781784785239.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: The global ocean has through the centuries served as a trade route, strategic space, fish bank and supply chain for the modern capitalist economy. While sea beds are drilled for their fossil fuels and minerals, and coastlines developed for real estate and leisure, the oceans continue to absorb the toxic discharges of our carbon civilisation—warming, expanding, and acidifying the blue water part of the planet in ways that will bring unpredictable but irreversible consequences for the rest of the biosphere. In this bold and radical new book, Campling and Colás analyse these and other sea-related phenomena through a historical and geographical lens. In successive chapters dealing with the political economy, ecology and geopolitics of the sea, the authors argue that the earth’s geographical separation into land and sea has significant consequences for capitalist development. The distinctive features of this mode of production continuously seek to transcend the land-sea binary in an incessant quest for profit, engendering new alignments of sovereignty, exploitation and appropriation in the capture and coding of maritime spaces and resources.

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    Item Type: Book
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Research Centres and Institutes: Political Economy and Institutional Studies, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Alex Colas
    Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2021 10:23
    Last Modified: 22 Jul 2021 10:23
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/44039

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