2nd Edition

The Atlantic in Global History

ISBN 9781138282704
Published September 18, 2017 by Routledge
312 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

USD $52.95

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Book Description

The Atlantic in Global History is a collection of original essays by leading authors that both introduce the main themes of Atlantic history and expand the category of the Atlantic chronologically, spatially, and methodologically.

Moving away from the nation-state focused model of Atlantic history, this book emphasizes the comparisons among national experiences of the Atlantic. Meanwhile, by extending beyond the early modern period and into the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, it presents the continued analytical value of the Atlantic paradigm. Each chapter explores the events that formed the nations and cultures of the Atlantic region and examines the Atlantic’s relationship with non-Atlantic communities.

This second edition is updated with a new introduction, which includes a section dedicated to developments in the field since the publication of the previous edition, and a new guide for instructors, with suggestions for classroom use. The volume’s broad global and chronological coverage makes it an ideal book for students and lecturers of Atlantic History.

Table of Contents

List of figures

List of maps


Notes on Contributors

Foreword, by Thomas Bender

Introduction to the second edition: The Atlantic Paradigm Matures

Introduction to the first edition: Beyond the Line: Nations, Oceans, Hemispheres

Strategies for Instructors

Section I: Comparing Atlantics

Allan Greer and Kenneth Mills, A Catholic Atlantic

Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, The Devil in the New World: A Transnational Perspective

Erik R. Seeman, Jews in the Early Modern Atlantic: Crossing Boundaries, Keeping Faith

Claudio Saunt, ‘Our Indians’: European Empires and the History of the Native American South

Patricia Seed, Navigating the Mid-Atlantic; or, What Gil Eanes Achieved

Section II: Beyond the Atlantic

Felipe Fernández-Armesto, Empires in Their Global Context, c.1500 - c.1800

Peter A. Coclanis, ReOrienting Atlantic History: The Global Dimensions of the ‘Western’ Rice Trade

Pier M. Larson, African Diasporas and the Atlantic

Claire S. Schen, Piracy in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean

Reed Ueda, Pushing the Atlantic Envelope: Interoceanic Perspectives on Atlantic History

Section III. The Evolving Atlantic

José C. Moya, Modernization, Modernity, and the Trans/formation of the Atlantic World in the Nineteenth Century

Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, Continuity and Crisis: Cuban Slavery, Spanish Colonialism, and the Atlantic World in the Nineteenth Century

Jason Young, Black Identities in the Formation of the Atlantic World

Patrick F. McDevitt, Ireland, Latin America, and an Atlantic Liberation Theology


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Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra is the Alice Drysdale Sheffield Professor of History at the University of Texas at Austin. His award-winning books include How to Write the History of the New World: Histories, Epistemologies, and Identities in the Eighteenth Century Atlantic World (2001), Puritan Conquistadors (2006), and Nature, Empire, and Nation: Explorations of the History of Science in the Iberian World (2007). He is the editor of Entangled Histories, Severed Archives: The British and Iberian Atlantics, 1500–1800 (2017). He has also coedited The Black Urban Atlantic in the Age of the Slave Trade (2013) and the Princeton Handbook to Atlantic History (2014).

Erik R. Seeman, Professor of History at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), is a historian of religion in the early modern Atlantic world. Seeman is the author of Pious Persuasions: Laity and Clergy in Eighteenth-Century New England (1999), Death in the New World: Cross-Cultural Encounters, 1492–1800 (2010), and The Huron-Wendat Feast of the Dead: Indian-European Encounters in Early North America (2011). His current book project is "Speaking with the Dead in the English Atlantic World."


'The articles included in this collection are richly informative, well researched, and shed light on diverse interpretations of the Atlantic World. I have used the first edition of The Atlantic in Global History, 1500-2000 with great success in university classrooms for a decade. The editors and contributors merit praise for sharing their profound insights.'

Dale T. Graden, University of Idaho, UK