The Newsletter 52 Winter 2009

All at sea?

Hans Schenk

Arndt Graf and Chua Beng Huat, eds. 2009. Port Cities in Asia and Europe. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 222 pages. ISBN 0 7103 1183 4

What is to be expected from an edited volume entitled: Port Cities in Asia and Europe? While the title gives away little about the content, the brief editorial Introduction is clear: The book is not on port cities in Asia and Europe in general; rather the processes of transformation which seaports have undergone in the global age. While some port cities have coped successfully with the required ‘speed’ for transactions in today’s global economy (p.xv), many seaports have had to re-invent themselves in order to stay relevant; others face decline.

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