Ever since the emergence of modern statehood under the auspices of capitalist economies, the aspects of naval power, presence on the world's oceans and maritime expansion have been accorded paramount importance for the preservation and further development of prosperity, political influence and military power. Right up to the age of high imperialism - the high point of navalist traditions - the sea was considered both a place where state conflicts came to a head and a place that could hold a promising future.
And in the present? In view of the increasingly strong global networking and the fragmentation of production processes and markets, the sea and the organization of work afloat seem to have gained in relevance. The role of the sea also appears to be significant to climate change and the associated pollution of the world's oceans, as well as the challenge of global refugee movements, in which the sea plays a specific role in relation to the interaction of refugees and volunteers.
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