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The Atlantic World


This ambitious work provides an overview of the Atlantic world, since the 15th century, by exploring the major themes that define the study of this region. Contact with Europeans in Africa and the Americas, the slave trade, gender and race in the early Atlantic world, independence movements in Africa, Caribbean nationalism, and gender and identity in the 20th century are just a few subjects discussed. Moving beyond the micro-histories of the scholarly monograph to connect the fruits of those researches with broader events and processes, this book, in the editors' words, makes "a concerted effort to re-connect elites and non-elites, Old World and New, early modern and modern, and economics and culture." It will be a point of embarkation for a new generation of students of the Atlantic world.

About the Authors

Toyin Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is co-editor of The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World (IUP, 2004).

Kevin D. Roberts is the founder and headmaster of Pope John Paul II Academy in Lafayette, Louisiana. A specialist in comparative slavery, he is author of African American Issues.


"This collection of essays draws together the latest and most recent contentious scholarship on the Atlantic world. Its goal is twofold. First, the essays provide instructors of undergraduate and graduate students a synthesis and basic narrative of Atlantic world history. Second, the introduction clearly explicates that "this volume wholly rejects that traditional depiction of the Atlantic World being dominated by a handful of Europeans." This new approach to the Atlantic world includes those participating in the "drama" of history through the prism of interaction, counteraction, and reaction of the various cultures and people spanning four continents, in both an inclusive and personal perspective. The volume's topical and chronological organization examines the history of civilizations before the emergence of the Atlantic world, through slavery, abolition, postcolonialism, and the Cold War and beyond. The collection also offers a detailed chronological sequence of events featured in two essays summarizing the abolition of slavery and the timetable of African independence movements, comprising essential material for lecture, graduate, or undergraduate uses. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. —Choice"— C. L. Stacey, Louisiana State University at Alexandria, June 2009

"[Provides] a very valuable perspective on Atlantic history that places Africans and the oppressed front and centre of the historical narrative. It is not European elites who drive the Atlantic world in this interpretation; it is African slaves, Caribbean nationalists and African and Native American opponents of globalisation who dominate the process. . . Falola and Roberts have provided a useful corrective to more celebratory accounts of the making of the Atlantic World.37.3 Sept. 2009"—Journal Imperial and Commonwealth History

"Falola and Roberts have edited a collection of essays worthy of their goal: to 'represent both the roots of the Atlantic World paradigm and the seemingly limitless potential that the field has in the future.'"—European History Quarterly

"[This] collection addresses all three historiographical views of how the Atlantic world ended, a feature that, more than anything else, makes it a successful volume. Vol. 84, No. 3 & 4, 2010"—New West Indian Guide

"The editors of this volume are to be commended for organizing such an intelligent and well-integrated history of the Atlantic World. January, 2011"—H-Soz-u-Kult

"Each of the four sections contains several finely written and well-formulated essays that will inspire scolars to venture beyond the common tendency to hyper-specialize and to utilize a macro perspective when considering the Atlantic World. Vol. 21, no. 2"—International Journal of Maritime History

"This collection of essays draws together the latest and most recent contentious scholarship on the Atlantic world. . . . Recommended. June 2009"—Choice

"Falola and Roberts have opened an avenue for the study of the Atlantic World that insists on complicating historical questions and methods. These complications require a re-assessment of interdisciplinary modes of doing and writing history.Vol. 42.1 2009"—Solimar Otero, Louisiana State University

"The volume's strength lies in its extensive scope and depth with several chapters that connect African, American, and European experiences with the wider context of the Atlantic world since the 15th century. . . . Comprehensive and thought—provoking."—Olufemi Vaughan, SUNY Stony Brook

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