Atlantic History: A Critical Appraisal

Paperback | January 14, 2009

EditorJack D. Greene, Philip D. Morgan

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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 becomevery 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 castof 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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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 becomevery popular in the past several years, look...

Jack D. Greene is Andrew W. Mellon Professor Emeritus in the Humanities at Johns Hopkins University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:January 14, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Philip D. Morgan and Jack P. Greene: An Introduction: The Present State of Atlantic History1. Joyce E. Chaplin (Harvard University): The Atlantic Ocean and Its Contemporary Meanings, 1492-1808Section One: New Atlantic Worlds2. Kenneth J. Andrien (Ohio State University): The Spanish Atlantic System3. A. J. R. Russell-Wood (Johns Hopkins University): The Portuguese Atlantic, 1415-18084. Trevor Burnard (University of Warwick, UK): The British Atlantic5. Laurent Dubois (Duke University): The French Atlantic6. Benjamin Schmidt (University of Washington): The Dutch Atlantic: Provincialism and GlobalismSection Two: Old Worlds and the Atlantic7. Amy Turner Bushnell (John Carter Brown Library, RI): Indigenous America and the Limits of the Atlantic World, 1493-18258. Philip D. Morgan (Johns Hopkins University): Africa and the Atlantic, c. 1450 to c. 18209. Carla Rahn Phillips (University of Minnesota): Europe and the AtlanticSection Three: Competing and Complementary Perspectives10. Peter H. Wood (Duke University): From Atlantic History to Continental History11. Jack P. Greene (Johns Hopkins University emeritus, John Carter Brown Library, RI): Hemispheric History and Atlantic History12. Nicholas Canny (National University of Ireland, Galway): Atlantic History and Global History13. Peter A. Coclanis (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill): Beyond Atlantic History

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"Atlantic history has become one of the most exciting branches of historical writing, but does it have a future? By inviting skeptics as well as devotees to reflect on current research and future prospects for the integrated study of the Atlantic world, the editors of this stimulating collection of essays have performed a notable service."--J. H. Elliott, author of Empires of the Atlantic World "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. This engaging volume makes good on a longstanding need to examine Latin America, Native America, the Caribbean, and the North American interior alongside the British seaboard. Cogent critiques and robust defenses match Atlantic perspectives up against continental and global alternatives. The provocative result is a testimony to the creativity, thematic range, and ongoing relevance of the idea of an interconnected Atlantic world."--S. Max Edelson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign "Much has been written in abstract terms about what Atlantic history is and is not. Atlantic History: A Critical Appraisal provides every interested reader an excellent entree to the theory and practice of Atlantic history informed by the latest research."--Karen Ordahl Kupperman, author of The Jamestown Project