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Soundings in Atlantic History

Latent Structures and Intellectual Currents, 1500–1830

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$37.00 • £29.95 • €33.50

ISBN 9780674061774

Publication Date: 09/30/2011

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640 pages

6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches

30 halftones, 9 maps, 5 graphs, 5 tables


Adds considerably to our understanding of Atlantic (and other) histories.—Peter Coclanis, American Historical Review

Engagingly written, the book demonstrates the shifting significance of the Atlantic World as well as its multiple significations in reality and over time. The Atlantic has made it possible to create a hybrid world, where what started as local ideas ultimately became globalized. Globalized localisms became globalized universalisms, enabling millions of people to subscribe to the same religions, read the same books and consume the same food. This book has enabled us to comprehend this mental and physical universe of the Atlantic World with enormous significance.—Toyin Falola, H-Soz-u-kult Reviews

This is a most illuminating body of work for anyone interested in the latest research on the Atlantic world.—Xabier Lamikiz, International Journal of Maritime History

With their emphasis on networks—economic, ecological, migratory, commercial, religious, intellectual, ideological—the wide-ranging essays in this book invite a host of new and exciting questions in Atlantic history. They reframe the Atlantic, offering new models to explain relationships in several ways: between Europe, Africa, and the Americas; between the political hearts of empires and the territories and subjects they sought to govern; and between empires and states. This volume is a feast for the imagination that will be valuable for both scholars and non-specialists.—Alison Games, Georgetown University

An impressive volume, ranging from smuggling to science, from ecology to the economy, from Benin to Buenos Aires, from Pietists to Puritans, and from Hipólito da Costa to Hume, reveals the vigor and freshness of Atlantic history. The magisterial introduction reveals the relationship between the latent and the manifest, the connection between subterranean forces and surface outlines. Overall, the general and particular combine superbly.—Philip D. Morgan, Johns Hopkins University

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  • Bernard Bailyn Is a 2010 National Humanities Medal Winner
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