Atlantic History: A Critical Appraisal (Reinterpreting by Jack D. Greene, Philip D. Morgan

By Jack D. Greene, Philip D. Morgan

Atlantic historical past, with its emphasis on inter-regional advancements that go beyond nationwide borders, has risen to prominence as a fruitful point of view by which to review the interconnections between Europe, North the US, Latin the US, and Africa. those unique essays current a entire and incisive examine how Atlantic background has been interpreted throughout time and during numerous lenses from the 15th in the course of the early 19th century. Editors Jack P. Greene and Philip D. Morgan have assembled a stellar forged of 13 overseas students to debate key parts of Atlantic heritage, together with the British, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, African, and indigenous worlds, in addition to the circulate of principles, peoples, and items. different members examine modern understandings of the sea and current choices to the concept that itself, juxtaposing Atlantic heritage with international, hemispheric, and Continental heritage.

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Steele, The English Atlantic, 1675–1740: An Exploration of Communications and Community (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1986); D. W. Meinig, The Shaping of America: A Geographical Perspective on 500 Years of History, vol. 1: Atlantic America 1492–1800 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1986). 3. Jacques Godechot, Histoire de l’Atlantique (Paris: Bordas, 1947); Leonard Outhwaite, The Atlantic (New York: Coward-McCann, 1957). 4. : Harvard University Press, 2005), pp. 3–56. For a similar account, see William O’Reilly, “Genealogies of Atlantic History,” Atlantic Studies 1, no.

Pious Pursuits: German Moravians in the Atlantic World (New York: Berghahn Books, 2007). 29. Simon Schaffer, “Golden Means: Assay Instruments and the Geography of Precision in the Guinea Trade,” in Marie-Noëlle Bourguet, Christian Licoppe, and H. , Instruments, Travel and Science: Itineraries of Precision from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century (London: Routledge, 2002), pp. : Stanford University Press, 2006); Susan Scott Parrish, American Curiosity: Cultures of Natural History in the Colonial British Atlantic World (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006).

Both British and Spanish empires involved an aggressive European reconstruction and renaming of American spaces, harsh confrontations with indigenous peoples, and economic regimes that resorted to plunder and unfree labor. But the differences between the empires complicate the picture. The Spanish settlement of America rested primarily on the domination of peoples, and the British on the commodification of land. The town became the basis for Spanish dominion, whereas British settlements were overwhelmingly rural.

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