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HIST.3230: The World of the Atlantic

Week 2

Alison Games, “Introduction, Definitions, and Historiography: What is Atlantic History?” OAH Magazine of History 18, 3 (April 2004): 3-7.

Joyce Chaplin, “The Atlantic Ocean and Its Contemporary Meanings, 1492-1808,” in Jack P. Greene and Philip D. Morgan, eds., Atlantic History: A Critical Reappraisal (NY: Oxford University Press, 2009), pp. 35-51 (below).

Paul W. Mapp, “Atlantic History from Imperial, Continental, and Pacific Perspectives,” The William and Mary Quarterly 63, 4 (Oct. 2006): 713-724. (link below).

Week 3

From the book linked below:

John Thornton, A Cultural History of the Atlantic World, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), pp. 1-28 (Introduction and ch. 1/The Formation of the Atlantic World, 1250-1600)

Thornton, Cultural History, pp. 29-59 (ch. 2/The European Background).

Week 4

Thornton, Cultural History, pp. 60-99 (ch. 3/The African Background)

Martin Klein, “Understanding the Slave Experience in West Africa,” ch. 2 in Lisa
A. Lindsay and John Wood Sweet, eds., Biography and the Black Atlantic (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014), pp. 48-65.


Toby Green, “Building Slavery in the Atlantic World: Atlantic Connections and The Changing Institution of Slavery in Cabo Verde, Fifteenth-Sixteenth Centuries,” Slavery and Abolition 32, 2 (2011): 227-245.

Week 5

Thornton, Cultural History, pp. 100-157 (ch. 4)

Kathleen Duval and John Duval, eds., Interpreting a Continent (Lanham, MD:
Rowman and Littlefield, 2009), pp. 18-41 (various documents)