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The Oxford Handbook of the Atlantic World: 1450-1850
     

The Oxford Handbook of the Atlantic World: 1450-1850

by Nicholas Canny
 

The essays in this volume provide a comprehensive overview of Atlantic history from c.1450 to c.1850, offering a wide-ranging and authoritative account of the movement of people, plants, pathogens, products, and cultural practices-to mention some of the key agents--around and within the Atlantic basin. As a result of these movements, new peoples, economies,

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The essays in this volume provide a comprehensive overview of Atlantic history from c.1450 to c.1850, offering a wide-ranging and authoritative account of the movement of people, plants, pathogens, products, and cultural practices-to mention some of the key agents--around and within the Atlantic basin. As a result of these movements, new peoples, economies, societies, polities, and cultures arose in the lands and islands touched by the Atlantic Ocean, while others were destroyed.

The team of scholars in this volume seek to describe, explain, and, occasionally, challenge conventional wisdom concerning these path-breaking developments. They demonstrate connections, explore contrasts, and probe themes. During the four centuries encompassed by this collection, pan-Atlantic webs of association emerged that progressively linked people, objects, and beliefs across and within the region. Events in one corner of the Atlantic world had effects, reverberations thousands of miles away. The great virtue of thinking in Atlantic terms is that it encourages broad perspectives, unexpected comparisons, trans-national orientations, and expanded horizons; the parochialism that characterizes so much history writing and instruction today, as in the past, has a chance of being overcome.

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From the Publisher
"[A] welcome collection of essays by some of the most forward thinking scholars in Atlantic History...[T]here is something for everyone interested in the history of the Atlantic World. In fact, the broad spectrum of research presented is perhaps the most exciting aspect of the work...[A] truly excellent collection of essays." —Itinerario

"The list of contributors and breadth of coverage are very impressive...the volume is expertly edited and, like others in the series, nicely produced...Highly recommended." —CHOICE

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199210879
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/19/2011
Series:
Oxford Handbooks Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
752
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.90(d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Canny is Academic Director, Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway, and President of the Royal Irish Academy. He has published widely on the history of early modern Ireland, early modern Britain, and the history of European colonization more generally, including Making Ireland British, 1580-1650 (2001) and (as editor) volume one in the Oxford History of the British Empire series, Origins of Empire (1998).

Philip Morgan is Harry C. Black Professor, Johns Hopkins University and is the author of Atlantic History: A Critical Appraisal (2009) and Black Experience and the Empire (2004), both also published by Oxford University Press.

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