History | Atlantic World
H699 | 10008 | Knott


Above class open to graduates only
A portion of the above class reserved for majors
Above class meets with CULS-C 701

“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, it argues, must be woven back together.

This new colloquium addresses the “Atlantic World” paradigm across
early modernity and the age of revolutions. 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 colonization and immigration,
commerce and slavery, imperialism and revolution; and to encounter a
diverse array of methods and conceptual approaches, from the
qualitative to the quantitative, 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
regional specializations of members of the class from an array of
traditional geographic fields, whether early America, Africa,
Britain, Western Europe or Latin America.

Note: The colloquium can fulfill course requirements in the fields
of European, American, Latin American, African and World history.”