In 1997 I attended the Atlantic history seminar at Harvard organised by Bernard Bailyn, to the members of which this book is dedicated, and which has had a massively important role in promoting and stimulating the study of Atlantic history. Over two weeks we heard papers of great richness delivered on diverse subjects and from numerous perspectives, which all fostered energetic discussion. The second theme is that of connections. Henretta, Michael Kämmen, and Stanley N. Empire and Nation: The American Revolution in the Atlantic World. An Atlantic perspective can help historians understand changes within the region that a more limited geographic framework might obscure. One brother, once part of identity, becomes an exile, now part of alterity.
No wonder that the academic reception of the new Atlantic history has been enthusiastic in the United States, and less so in Britain, France, Spain, and Portugal, where histories of national Atlantic empires continue to thrive. Little, Brown, 1977; coauthored college textbook; several editions. We are passionately attached to knowing who we are. I don't mean to give the impression that Bailyn speaks only of the barbarous first or conquest phase, he also does a admirable summary of the colonial phase. In examining both the historiographical and historical dimensions of this developing subject, Bailyn illuminates the dynamics of history as a discipline.
The vast contribution of the African people to all regions of the West, the westward migration of Europeans, pan-Atlantic commerce and its role in developing economies, racial and ethnic relations, the spread of Enlightenment ideas—all are Atlantic phenomena. Attempts to write a Braudelian Atlantic history, one that includes and connects the entire region, remain elusive, driven in part by methodological impediments, by the real disjunction that characterized the Atlantic's historical and geographic components, by the disciplinary divisions that discourage historians from speaking to and writing for each other, and by the challenge of finding a vantage point that is not rooted in any single place. He argued that was an uncertain business, given the high risk of losses at sea in the very long turnaround times meant that information was often too old to be useful. Above all, his is a pragmatic, empirical vision, in which the picture is said to emerge from the wealth of data—networks and connections, not the physical environment are the focus, and they produce a history, dynamic and changing. What are the phenomena that tie it together? Palmer and Godechot are vindicated; those who would globalise early modern Atlantic history are offered a counter-argument. His account of the origins of Atlantic history is, of course, particularly strong on the American context, but is not limited to that.
These became part of a Europeanized world known, especially in the first two-thirds of the twentieth century, as âthe West. How do the participants in its making perceive it?. Schwartz, The Curse of Cain: The Violent Legacy of Monotheism Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997 , 211 pp. International commerce became a chief means of growing rich in. Many others may share his internationalist sympathies but not this conviction, and they may as a result see the history of the Atlantic, and of Atlantic historiography, quite differently.
Stoker makes a big point of describing Dracula as emphatically foreign. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989. This work may be copied and redistributed for non-commercial, educational purposes, if permission is granted by the author and usage right holders. Here are a couple of exemplary passages from the book. I suspect that we are not passionately attached to our present identities. Ideas flowed as well, ideas of liberation, revolt and democracy. He was a recipient of the 2010.
Once more, as so often in the past, we are in his debt. Based on the size of the book, you know that this is not a complete introduction to the subject, but it provides a starting point. Now Available: The extends the founding mission of James Loeb with an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature. The northern American continent is momentarily involved in informal empire; the southern has pursued a differently ambivalent history. Merchants reduced the uncertainty by pooling their resources, especially with marriages to other merchant families, and placing their kinfolk as trusted agents in and other foreign ports. Bailyn is representative of those scholars who believe in the concept of but avoid the , and thereby avoid getting entangled in debates. Labor for the sugar, rice, tobacco and cotton plantations came primarily from West Africa, but was also supplied by the exportation of the many dispossessed, conquered and persecuted people in England, Ireland, Germany, France and elsewhere in Europe.
Bailyn's purpose in his short and invaluable Atlantic History is to trace and celebrate the evolution of Atlantic history as an idea, and to set out his personal interpretation of its main contours in the period between the earliest European invasions of the Americas and the American Revolution. Once the domination of indigenous people's was relatively complete, the colonists and those who stayed at home in Europe profited mightily from the slave trade: the labor system that wove together, for instance, the economic lives of New England farmers who sold their agricultural products to the slave masters in the Caribbean, so that they could buy fine lace and fine wine and other items from Europe and so keep maintain the appearance of civility. Anderson, , , , , Richard S. Atlantic History: Concept and Contours will serve current and future historians as both an effective introduction to the field and an advanced exploration of its historiography. Atlantic History: A Critical Appraisal 2009 371 pp. .
Bailyn is clearly one such, and this work demonstrates it. Henretta, Michael Kämmen, and Stanley N. In part two Bailyn sketches an outline of early modern Atlantic history. All the more appealing for its concise style, Bailyn's book is certain to find a prominent place on bookshelves and required reading lists. This quote represents how Dracula will soon take over England.
Chaunu, unlike Braudel, based his account on human connections—the piles of trade data admired by Bailyn—not on a meta-historical account of the layers of time. Bailyn is not monolexic and ranges far beyond his own home turf as an historian of early America. Other important scholars are Jack Greene directed a program at Johns Hopkins in Atlantic History from 1972 to 1992 that has now expanded to global concerns. Who is the vampire - really? Since the 1980s Atlantic history has emerged as an increasingly popular alternative to the older discipline of imperial history, although it could be argued that the field is simply a refinement and reorientation of traditional dealing with the interaction between early modern Europeans and native peoples in the Atlantic sphere. Frederick Jackson Turner and the Enduring Problem of American Historiography. As Bernard Bailyn describes in the opening pages of his most recent book, Atlantic history has rapidly become a popular and significant field within the broader discipline of history.