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2nd Edition

The Atlantic World
Essays on Slavery, Migration, and Imagination

ISBN 9781138285989
Published October 1, 2018 by Routledge
290 Pages

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Book Description

The Atlantic World: Essays on Slavery, Migration, and Imagination brings together ten original essays that explore the many connections between the Old and New Worlds in the early modern period. Divided into five sets of paired essays, it examines the role of specific port cities in Atlantic history, aspects of European migration, the African dimension, and the ways in which the Atlantic world has been imagined.

This second edition has been updated and expanded to contain two new chapters on revolutions and abolition, which discuss the ways in which two of the main pillars of the Atlantic world—empire and slavery—met their end. Both essays underscore the importance of the Caribbean in the profound transformation of the Atlantic world in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. This edition also includes a revised introduction that incorporates recent literature, providing students with references to the key historiographical debates, and pointers of where the field is moving to inspire their own research.

Supported further by a range of maps and illustrations, The Atlantic World: Essays on Slavery, Migration, and Imagination is the ideal book for students of Atlantic History.

Table of Contents

List of figures

List of maps

Preface to the first edition

Notes on Contributors

Introduction: The Rise and Transformation of the Atlantic World

Wim Klooster


Chapter 1: Life on the Margins: Boston’s Anxieties of Influence in the Atlantic World

Mark A. Peterson

Chapter 2: Lisbon as a Strategic Haven in the Atlantic World

Timothy Walker


Chapter 3: Adventurers Across the Atlantic: English Migration to the New World, 1580–1780

Meaghan N. Duff

Chapter 4: Searching for Prosperity: German Migration to the British American Colonies, 1680–1780

Rosalind J. Beiler


Chapter 5: Identity and Migration: The Atlantic in Comparative Perspective

David Eltis

Chapter 6: Trans-Atlantic Transformations: The Origins and Identity of Africans in the Americas

Paul E. Lovejoy


Chapter 7: Whose Centers and Peripheries? Eighteenth-Century Intellectual History in Atlantic Perspective

Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra

Chapter 8: The Purpose of Pirates, or Assimilating New Worlds in the Renaissance

Benjamin Schmidt


Chapter 9: Un-Silencing the Haitian Revolution and Redefining the Revolutionary Era

Jeremy D. Popkin

Chapter 10: Anthony Benezet, James Ramsay, and the Political Economic Attack on the British Slave Trade

David Beck Ryden







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Wim Klooster is Professor of History at Clark University, USA. His previous books include Revolutions in the Atlantic World: A Comparative History, new edition (2018), Realm between Empires: The Second Dutch Atlantic, 1680–1815 (2018), The Dutch Moment: War, Trade, and Settlement in the Seventeenth-Century Atlantic World (2016), Illicit Riches: Dutch Trade in the Caribbean, 1648–1795 (1998), and The Dutch in the Americas, 1600–1800 (1997).

Alfred Padula began his professional career as a servitor of the Cold War, first in Naval Intelligence and thereafter in the State Department. His work as a Cuban analyst at the State Department precipitated a lifelong interest in that country. After leaving the State Department he became an instructor in Latin American history at the University of Southern Maine, USA, where he remained for 29 years. Among his publications is a volume on Women in Cuba: Sex and the Revolution (1996), which remains the standard on that subject. He is currently writing a book on Maine and Climate Change.




'A welcome new edition to a fascinating collection that makes an important contribution to the fields of migration studies at the Atlantic world. This collection will prove useful for students and researchers alike in helping to explain the huge changes that occurred as a result of Atlantic migration enslaved, forced and free.'

Esme Cleall, The University of Sheffield, UK

'This book is an exceptional entrée to the latest scholarship of the interconnected peoples, places, and ideas of early modernity. Comprised of eleven essays written by experts in the field, the book provides a comprehensive history of the Atlantic from exploration to abolition through detailed examinations of cities, migrants, culture, and revolution. Both students new to the field and accomplished scholars will find The Atlantic World captivating and worthy of careful reflection.'

John McCurdy, Eastern Michigan University, USA