History | The Atlantic World
H699 | 28022 | Knott


A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class open to graduates only

The nation-state has been History’s grand category, its very point
of origin. As J.G.A. Pocock put it, “historiography originates as
the memory of the state and develops as the critical study of the
processes that have brought the state into being.” Scholars of the
Atlantic world have sought to refute that tradition, telling a story
of the multiple connections between the national histories of those
countries bordering the Atlantic ocean. Artificially separated
histories, they argue, must be woven back together.

This new colloquium addresses the new “Atlantic World” paradigm. It
investigates how historical scholarship is connecting and entwining
the histories of Europe, Africa and the Americas. The goals are two-
fold: to engage key topics in Atlantic history such as migration,
the slave trade, colonization, imperialism and the age of
revolutions; and to encounter a diverse array of methods and
conceptual approaches, from the comparative and the transnational,
to the “cis-Atlantic” and the micro-historical. In doing so, we
shall seek to build directly upon the interests and specializations
of members of the class from an array of traditional fields, whether
early America, Africa, Britain, Western Europe or Latin America.