placeholder image

Moving cargos

Chapter


Abstract


  • Alongside musings on anatomy, the 'utility of forests', comets and the 'prodigious

    number of plants on the earth', eighteenth-century thinker Christoph

    Christian Sturm's Reflections on the Works of God in Nature and Providence

    marvelled at two phenomena that were greatly boosting global trade. The first

    was the compass which gave direction even on the darkest nights and cloudiest

    of days in the midst of the ocean. The second was the 'miraculous'

    advantage that the sea lent to moving goods as compared with land. Sturm

    reflects that a body of water 'is not more loaded with the ship and her cargo,

    than it was with the water which the ship removes from the places which she

    occupies'. This movement across the sea enabled Europeans to 'procure treasures

    from other parts of the world', and inspired Sturm to honour those 'who

    are obliged to brave the seas, and undertake long and dangerous voyages

    for the benefit of society, and consequently for our particular profit'.

Authors


  •   Birtchnell, Thomas
  •   Savitzky, Satya (external author)
  •   Urry, John (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Birtchnell, T., Savitzky, S. & Urry, J. (2015). Moving cargos. In T. Birtchnell, S. Savitzky & J. Urry (Eds.), Cargomobilities: Moving materials in a global age (pp. 1-16). New York, United States: Routledge.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780415720953

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84942320031

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1539

Book Title


  • Cargomobilities: Moving materials in a global age

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 16

Place Of Publication


  • New York, United States

Abstract


  • Alongside musings on anatomy, the 'utility of forests', comets and the 'prodigious

    number of plants on the earth', eighteenth-century thinker Christoph

    Christian Sturm's Reflections on the Works of God in Nature and Providence

    marvelled at two phenomena that were greatly boosting global trade. The first

    was the compass which gave direction even on the darkest nights and cloudiest

    of days in the midst of the ocean. The second was the 'miraculous'

    advantage that the sea lent to moving goods as compared with land. Sturm

    reflects that a body of water 'is not more loaded with the ship and her cargo,

    than it was with the water which the ship removes from the places which she

    occupies'. This movement across the sea enabled Europeans to 'procure treasures

    from other parts of the world', and inspired Sturm to honour those 'who

    are obliged to brave the seas, and undertake long and dangerous voyages

    for the benefit of society, and consequently for our particular profit'.

Authors


  •   Birtchnell, Thomas
  •   Savitzky, Satya (external author)
  •   Urry, John (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Birtchnell, T., Savitzky, S. & Urry, J. (2015). Moving cargos. In T. Birtchnell, S. Savitzky & J. Urry (Eds.), Cargomobilities: Moving materials in a global age (pp. 1-16). New York, United States: Routledge.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780415720953

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84942320031

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/1539

Book Title


  • Cargomobilities: Moving materials in a global age

Start Page


  • 1

End Page


  • 16

Place Of Publication


  • New York, United States