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Atlantic History: Concept and Contours (Hardback)
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Atlantic History: Concept and Contours (Hardback)

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Hardback 144 Pages / Published: 11/03/2005
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Atlantic history is a newly and rapidly developing field of historical study. Bringing together elements of early modern European, African, and American history - their common, comparative, and interactive aspects - Atlantic history embraces essentials of Western civilization, from the first contacts of Europe with the Western Hemisphere to the independence movements and the globalizing industrial revolution. In these probing essays, Bernard Bailyn explores the origins of the subject, its rapid development, and its impact on historical study. He first considers Atlantic history as a subject of historical inquiry - how it evolved as a product of both the pressures of post-World War II politics and the internal forces of scholarship itself. He then outlines major themes in the subject over the three centuries after the European discoveries: the barbarism of the early encounters, the integrative forces that drew the Atlantic world together in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and the enlightened ideas and socio-political changes that lay behind the revolutions that swept the Atlantic world. The vast contribution of African civilization 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. In examining both the historiographical and historical dimensions of this developing subject, Bailyn illuminates the dynamics of history as a discipline.

Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674016880
Number of pages: 144
Weight: 256 g
Dimensions: 198 x 136 x 19 mm


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[Atlantic History] will provoke and inspire future work in the field because it poses all the right questions: What is a civilization? What are the phenomena that tie it together? How do the participants in its making perceive it?...Perhaps the largest theme of Atlantic History is the story of how this boisterous economy stimulated thinking along liberal conceptions of individual rights and the abolition of human bondage.-- (04/01/2005)
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...Now, from his vantage point as one of the leading figures in this field, Bailyn has written a valedictory examination of its development and major issues. 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. As is the case with Bailyn's many other books, Atlantic History is written in a clear and concise fashion...Regardless of the reader's level of experience, it will be an enjoyable and fascinating exploration of a global perspective on the Atlantic world. Like so much of his scholarship, Bernard Bailyn's most recent book is certain to find a place of prominence on required reading lists and professors' bookshelves. I join with others in recommending it to readers.--William E. Doody "Journal of World History "
In part thanks to Bailyn's advocacy, inspiration, and entrepreneurship, the richness and popularity of Atlantic history have burgeoned astonishingly...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.-- (06/22/2006)
This might be one of the shorter books published by Bernard Bailyn in his long and productive career, but it promises to be one of his more influential...Atlantic History delineates a vast research agenda that calls for attention...and it also provides evidence, deriving from his own research and reflection, of just how fruitful the outcomes will be for those willing to pursue the lines and methods he suggests.--Nicholas Canny "International Journal of Maritime History "

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