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
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