By Jack D. Greene, Philip D. Morgan
Atlantic background, with its emphasis on inter-regional advancements that go beyond nationwide borders, has risen to prominence as a fruitful standpoint during which to review the interconnections between Europe, North the US, Latin the USA, and Africa. those unique essays current a accomplished and incisive examine how Atlantic historical past has been interpreted throughout time and during a number of 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 stream of rules, peoples, and items. different participants investigate modern understandings of the sea and current possible choices to the idea that itself, juxtaposing Atlantic heritage with international, hemispheric, and Continental heritage.
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Extra resources for Atlantic History: A Critical Appraisal (Reinterpreting History)
Wood, in chapter 10, explores the tensions between an Atlantic and a multicultural view of the North American past. Advocating a continental approach to the history of the Americas, he emphasizes the importance of a perspective deriving out of developments in the middle and western portions of the North American continent, most of which, by the close of the early modern period, still remained under indigenous control. In chapter 11, Jack P. Greene proposes an American hemispheric approach as the most promising avenue toward constructing an understanding of developments within the New Worlds of the Americas and as a device for promoting both an appreciation of the variations among and within those worlds and the comparative history of them.
9 If Columbus threw a line across the Atlantic, thousands of his successors knit a web of permanent ties over and around the ocean and, in the process, made signiﬁcant discoveries about the physical nature of the Earth and its seas. Those tasks mobilized people from every part of the Atlantic and at every social or political level. Eventually, Native Americans, ordinary sailors, fellows of Europe’s learned societies, as well as political or military leaders, would all make contributions. If crossing the Atlantic had been an overwhelmingly European or even imperial story, conceiving of that ocean as a network of places and natural forces involved a far wider range of actors.
1 The history of the Atlantic’s contemporary meanings occurred in three stages. In the ﬁrst, Europeans thought of the Atlantic as a geographic space to get across, a rather belated idea that contradicted an ancient suspicion that the ocean was not a real space at all. In the second stage, the peoples in the post-Columbian countries that faced the Atlantic thought of that ocean as a space in which to make or imagine physical connections, both among different places and among different natural forces.
Atlantic History: A Critical Appraisal (Reinterpreting History) by Jack D. Greene, Philip D. Morgan