As the meeting point between Europe, colonial America, and Africa, the history of the Atlantic world is a constantly shifting arena, but one which has been a focus of huge and vibrant debate for many years. In over thirty chapters, all written by experts in the field, The Atlantic World takes up these debates and gathers together key, original scholarship to provide an authoritative survey of this increasingly popular area of world history.
The book takes a thematic approach to topics including exploration, migration and cultural encounters. In the first chapters, scholars examine the interactions between groups which converged in the Atlantic world, such as slaves, European migrants and Native Americans. The volume then considers questions such as finance, money and commerce in the Atlantic world, as well as warfare, government and religion. The collection closes with chapters examining how ideas circulated across and around the Atlantic and beyond. It presents the Atlantic as a shared space in which commodities and ideas were exchanged and traded, and examines the impact that these exchanges had on both people and places.
Including an introductory essay from the editors which defines the field, and lavishly illustrated with paintings, drawings and maps this accessible volume is invaluable reading for all students and scholars of this broad sweep of world history.
"One of the most comprehensive set of essays on the Atlantic World the field has seen to date, this volume assembles an impressive lineup of international and interdisciplinary scholars to shed genuinely new light on old topics and to encourage an enlarged sense of the Atlantic World’s reach. With innovative chapters on animals and the ecology, the Pacific, southern Africa, political economy, finance, and religion (in addition to many more rich topics) this volume showcases the next generation of Atlantic World research and gets us closer to the "Atlantic and the World" inclusivity some scholars have called for."
Linford D. Fisher, Brown University, USA
"The virtue of this volume is the ambitiousness of its approach and the diversity of its chapters, both geographically and thematically. A worthy edition to any Atlanticist’s already groaning bookshelf!"
David Ceri Jones, Aberystwyth University, UK
"Editors Coffman, Leonard, and O’Reilly provide an extensive, captivating, and valuable overview of the Atlantic World. The large areas of coverage and thematic organization allow the book to be employed in a variety of undergraduate courses as a required text capable of generating discussion and research questions. Summing Up: Recommended."
J. Rankin, East Tennessee State University in CHOICE
List of Figures
Notes on Contributors
1. The Atlantic World: Definition, Theory, and Boundaries: D’Maris Coffman, Adrian Leonard and William O'Reilly, University of Cambridge
Part 1: Atlantic Explorations
2. Animals in Atlantic North America: Karim Tiro, Xavier University and James Carson, Queen’s University Canada
3. Science and ideology in the Spanish Atlantic: Sandra Rebok, The Huntington Library / Spanish National Research Council, Madrid
4. Fish and Fisheries in the Atlantic World: David Starkey, University of Hull
Part 2: The Movement of Peoples
5. Facing East from the South: Indigenous Americans in the Mostly Iberian Atlantic World: Laura E. Matthew, Marquette University
6. Southern Africa and the Atlantic World: Gerald Groenewald, University of Johannesburg
7. Emigration from the Habsburg Monarchy and Salzburg to the New World, 1700-1848: William O’Reilly, University of Cambridge
8. Seafaring communities, 1800-1850: Brian Rouleau, Texas A&M University
Part 3: Cultural Encounters
9. Colour Prejudice in the French Atlantic World: Mélanie Lamotte, University of Cambridge
10. Atlantic Slaveries: Britons, Barbary and the Atlantic World: Cate Styer
11. Morocco and Atlantic History: James A. O. C. Brown, University of Cambridge
12. The Atlantic and Pacific Worlds: Paul D’Arcy, Australian National University
13. An enslaved Enlightenment: rethinking the intellectual history of the French Atlantic: Laurent Dubois, Michigan State University
Part 4: Warfare and Governance
14. Violence in the Atlantic World: John Smolenski, University of California at Davis
15. War and Warfare in the Atlantic World: Geoffrey Plank, University of East Anglia
16. Political Thinking, Military Power and arms bearing in the British Atlantic World, c. 1640-c. 1868’: Charles Drummond, University of Cambridge
17. Atlantic Peripheries: Diplomacy, War and Spanish-French Interactions in Hispaniola, 1660s-1690s: Juan Ponce-Vazquez, St Lawrence University
Part 5: Religion
18. Catholicism: Eoin Devlin, University of Cambridge
19. Protestantism in the Atlantic World: Travis Glasson, Temple University
20. The Freest Country: Jews of the British Atlantic, ca. 1600-1800: Natalie A. Zacek, University of Manchester
21. Islam and the Atlantic: Denise A. Spellberg, University of Texas, Austin
22. American Identity and English Catholicism in the Atlantic World: Maura Jane Farrelly, Brandeis University
23. Navigating the Jewish Atlantic: Holly Snyder, Brown University
Part 6: Credit, Finance and Money
24. British Joint-Stock Companies and Atlantic Trading: Matthew David Mitchell, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
25. Speculating on the Atlantic World: Helen Paul, Southampton University
26. Paper Money: Dror Goldberg, Bar Ilan University
27. The Credit Crisis of 1772/3 in the Atlantic World: Paul Kosmetatos, University of Cambridge
Part 7: Commerce, Consumption and Mercantile Networks
28. Reassessing the Atlantic contribution to British marine insurance: A. B. Leonard, University of Cambridge
29. The Economic World of the early Dutch and English Atlantic: Edmond Smith, University of Cambridge
30. The Cultural History of Commerce in the Atlantic World: Jonathan Eacott, University of California at Riverside
31. "To Catch the Public Taste": Interpreting American Consumers in the Era of Atlantic Free Trade, 1783-1854: Joanna Cohen, Queen Mary University of London
Part 8: The Circulation of Ideas
32. "Excited almost to madness:" Slave Rebellions and Resistance in the Atlantic World: Jeffrey A. Fortin, Emmanuel College
33. Economic Thought and State Practice in the Atlantic World: D’Maris Coffman, University of Cambridge
34. The Classical Atlantic World: N. P. Cole, Oxford University
35. The Atlantic Enlightenment: William Max Nelson, University of Toronto
The Routledge Worlds are magisterial surveys of key historical epochs, edited and written by world-renowned experts. Giving unprecedented breadth and depth of coverage, they are the works against which all future books on their subjects will be judged and are essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in the subject.