Containerisation: The unsung hero of globalisation?

This article, written by Robert Morris, discuses the development and subsequent impact of the shipping container. Shipping containers were crucial to developing globalisation in the 20th century, and this essay is useful both as a piece of comprehension, and to launch a classroom discussion on globalisation.

Globalisation is covered in most current AS and A2 specifications and students are required to learn how trade in particular has influenced the growth of linkages between countries.

Supporting questions:

  1. What are the advantages of transporting goods in shipping containers?
  2. What might influence the location of large container ports?
  3. Where in the world do you think most shipping containers come from, and what can that tell us about world trade?

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