Originally published in 1983, this volume examines one of the most long-standing major commercial water-arteries of Western and Central Europe: The Rhine. Since the mid 20th Century its importance has been given new stimulus by the intensified mobility of economic circulation generated by the EU - forming as it does a common axis to that organisation's original six members. The Rhine is one of the world's busiest rivers and therefore provides an excellent case study in the development of inland waterway transport, not only because of its complex physical nature, but also because of the diversity of economic, social and political patterns along its course.
R. E. H. Mellor was Professor of Geography at the University of Aberdeen, U.K.
Part 1: Setting the Scene 1. The Physical Geography of the Rhine 2. The Regulation of the Rhine 3. The Rhine in the Network of European Waterways Part 2: The Historical Backcloth 4. The History of the Use of the Rhine - The Early Period 5. Rhine Traffic from the French Revolution to the end of the 1914-1918 War Part 3: The Rhine in the Twentieth Century 6. The Rhine Waterways 1919-1939 7. The Rhine Since 1945 8. The Rhine in the European Waterway Scene of the 1980s.