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Withdrawn Module: The Atlantic World, 1492-1815 (AM214)

Atlantic WorldPlease note that this module was available
from 2007 to 2008, but has since been
withdrawn and is no longer available.

Tutor: Professor Trevor Burnard

"We are all Atlanticists now", declares David Armitage. This undergraduate second-year option module explores whether we are indeed Atlanticists and asks whether the new field of Atlantic history – the kaleidoscopic movements of peoples, goods and ideas throughout the four continents bordering the Atlantic – is a fad or a subject of genuine historical and historiographical importance. Lectures will examine the scope of the Atlantic World between the arrival of Columbus and the achievement of independence and emancipation in North America, South America and the Caribbean between 1492 and ca. 1815. Seminars will supplement chronology with an in depth examination of Atlantic themes and perspectives in a variety of imperial and regional settings.

This module builds on the first year North American Themes and Latin American Themes core modules. It also provides a comparative dimension to those students taking modules in early Latin American, North American and Caribbean history, while providing a link between the history of early modern America and Africa and the history of early modern Europe. It fits, in addition, into teaching programmes concerned with global history and global change over a long period of time.