Atlantic History

Atlantic History : A Critical Appraisal

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The second volume in the OUP/National History Center series, Reinterpreting History, this book offers an incisive look at how interpretations of the Atlantic world have changed over time and from a variety of national perspectives. Atlantic history, which developed in the 1970s and has become very popular in the past several years, looks at the transnational interconnections between Europe, North America, South America, and Africa, particularly in the early modern/colonial period, rather than understanding nations/states absent a broader global context. This volume discusses key areas of the Atlantic world, including the British, Dutch, French, Iberian, and African Atlantic, as well as the movement of ideas, peoples, and goods. It also offers critical perspectives of the concept itself, juxtaposing it with global and Continental history. The cast of contributors is stellar and international, including scholars who have been at the forefront of teaching and research in this area. Together they will create a volume that introduces inexperienced students and general readers to Atlantic history, as well as offers new perspectives for scholars.
Atlantic history is taught as its own course at a variety of universities, and Atlantic perspectives are incorporated into courses on early modern Europe, British history, colonial America, colonial Latin America, and African history.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 544.31g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195320344
  • 9780195320343
  • 681,098

Table of contents

An Introduction: The Present State of Atlantic History ; 1. The Atlantic Ocean and Its Contemporary Meanings, 1492-1808 ; SECTION ONE: NEW ATLANTIC WORLDS ; 2. The Spanish Atlantic System ; 3. The Portuguese Atlantic, 1415-1808 ; 4. The British Atlantic ; 5. The French Atlantic ; 6. The Dutch Atlantic: Provincialism and Globalism ; SECTION TWO: OLD WORLDS AND THE ATLANTIC ; 7. Indigenous America and the Limits of the Atlantic World, 1493-1825 ; 8. Africa and the Atlantic, c. 1450 to c. 1820 ; 9. Europe and the Atlantic ; SECTION THREE: COMPETING AND COMPLEMENTARY PERSPECTIVES ; 10. From Atlantic History to Continental History ; 11. Hemispheric History and Atlantic History ; 12. Atlantic History and Global History ; 13. Beyond Atlantic History
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Featuring some of the brightest minds in early modern history debating one of its most important subjects, Atlantic History: A Critical Appraisal will serve as the indispensable point of entry for the next generation of Atlantic world scholarship. * S. Max Edelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign * does an excellent job of providing a snapshot of current Atlantic historical study taking place in the United States of America, fulfilling its role in the 'Reinterpreting History' series. * Paula E. Dumas, History * ...lucid and wide-ranging...fascinating. * Times Higher Education Supplement *
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About Philip D. Morgan

Jack P. Greene is Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities Emeritus at Johns Hopkins University. Philip D. Morgan is Harry C. Black Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University.
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