Late Atlantic History

Emma Rothschild

in The Oxford Handbook of the Atlantic World

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199210879
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

 Late Atlantic History

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The history of the Atlantic world has had an extraordinary and transformative effect on ways of thinking about early modern and modern history. The ‘hemispheric perspective’, can provide a new view of history, geography, and political economy. The perspective of Atlantic history has also, in the course of a generation, made it possible to see connections — and discontinuities — which were obscured from view in the established stories of national and imperial history. The history of slavery and the slave trade is again of central importance. The Atlantic world was constituted by the circumstance, starting in the fifteenth century, that people, things, and ideas ‘began to move regularly back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean’. The view from the Atlantic Ocean has even disrupted the familiar chronologies of revolution, independence, and empire. The intellectual and political history of the nineteenth century is now also Atlantic.

Keywords: Atlantic world; history; geography; political economy; slavery; slave trade; Atlantic Ocean; revolution; independence; empire

Article.  7653 words. 

Subjects: History

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