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‘To save the industry from complete ruin’: Crisis and response in British fishing 1945-1951

Wilcox, Martin

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Abstract

Fishing is a small, complex and fragmented industry, which arguably exerts political significance disproportionate to its size. This article traces the prolonged period of depression which affected British deep-sea fishing between the wars, and then a more virulent crisis which erupted in the post-war years. It explores how the industry proved unable to respond effectively, requiring intervention from government which followed a similar pattern to that elsewhere in the economy, albeit tailored to the industry’s peculiar circumstances and idiosyncratic nature.

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Wilcox, M. (2021). ‘To save the industry from complete ruin’: Crisis and response in British fishing 1945-1951. Business history, 63(3), 353-377. https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2019.1576634

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jan 22, 2019
Online Publication Date Mar 20, 2019
Publication Date 2021
Deposit Date Feb 6, 2019
Publicly Available Date Sep 21, 2020
Journal Business History
Print ISSN 0007-6791
Electronic ISSN 1743-7938
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 63
Issue 3
Pages 353-377
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/00076791.2019.1576634
Keywords Fisheries; Labour; productivity; crisis; reorganisation; industrial policy
Public URL https://hull-repository.worktribe.com/output/1280010

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