As the meeting point between Europe, colonial America, and Africa, the history of the Atlantic world is a constantly shifting arena, but one which has been a focus of huge and vibrant debate for many years. In over thirty chapters, all written by experts in the field, The Atlantic World takes up these debates and gathers together key, original scholarship to provide an authoritative survey of this increasingly popular area of world history.

The book takes a thematic approach to topics including exploration, migration and cultural encounters. In the first chapters, scholars examine the interactions between groups which converged in the Atlantic world, such as slaves, European migrants and Native Americans. The volume then considers questions such as finance, money and commerce in the Atlantic world, as well as warfare, government and religion. The collection closes with chapters examining how ideas circulated across and around the Atlantic and beyond. It presents the Atlantic as a shared space in which commodities and ideas were exchanged and traded, and examines the impact that these exchanges had on both people and places.

Including an introductory essay from the editors which defines the field, and lavishly illustrated with paintings, drawings and maps this accessible volume is invaluable reading for all students and scholars of this broad sweep of world history.

chapter Chapter One|10 pages

The Atlantic World

Definition, theory, and boundaries
ByD'Maris Coffman, Adrian Leonard

part Part I|65 pages

Atlantic Explorations

chapter Chapter Two|22 pages

Animals in Atlantic North America to 1800

ByJames Taylor Carson, Karim M. Tiro

chapter Chapter Three|21 pages

Science and Ideology in the Spanish Atlantic

BySandra Rebok

chapter Chapter Four|21 pages

Fish and Fisheries in the Atlantic World

ByDavid J. Starkey

part Part II|72 pages

The Movement of Peoples

chapter Chapter Five|22 pages

Facing East from the South

Indigenous Americans in the mostly Iberian Atlantic World
ByLaura E. Matthew

chapter Chapter Six|17 pages

Southern Africa and the Atlantic World

ByGerald Groenewald

chapter Chapter Eight|17 pages

Seafaring Communities, 1800–1850

ByBrian Rouleau

part Part III|94 pages

Cultural Encounters

chapter Chapter Nine|22 pages

Colour Prejudice in the French Atlantic World

ByMélanie Lamotte

chapter Chapter Ten|15 pages

Atlantic Slaveries

Britons, Barbary, and the Atlantic World
ByCatherine Styer

chapter Chapter Eleven|20 pages

Morocco and Atlantic History

ByJames A. O. C. Brown

chapter Chapter Twelfth|20 pages

The Atlantic and Pacific Worlds

ByPaul D'Arcy

chapter CHAPTER thirteen|15 pages

An Enslaved Enlightenment

Rethinking the intellectual history of the French Atlantic
ByLaurent Dubois

part Part IV|77 pages

Warfare and Governance

chapter CHAPTER Fourteen|20 pages

Violence in the Atlantic World

ByJohn Smolenski

chapter Chapter fifteenth|17 pages

War and Warfare in the Atlantic World

ByGeoffrey Plank

chapter Chapter Seventeen|19 pages

Atlantic Peripheries

Diplomacy, War, and Spanish–French Interactions in Hispaniola, 1660s–1690s
ByJuan Ponce-Vázquez

part Part V|119 pages


chapter Chapter Eigthteen|27 pages


ByE. L. Devlin

chapter Chapter Nineteen|17 pages

Protestantism in the Atlantic World

ByTravis Glasson

chapter Chapter Twenty|12 pages

The Freest Country

Jews of the British Atlantic World, ca. 1600–1800
ByNatalie A. Zacek

chapter Chapter Twenty-One|17 pages

Islam and the Atlantic

ByDenise A. Spellberg

chapter Chapter Twenty-Two|20 pages

American Identity and English Catholicism in the Atlantic World

ByMaura Jane Farrelly

chapter Chapter Twenty-Three|25 pages

Navigating the Jewish Atlantic

The state of the field and opportunities for new research
ByHolly Snyder

part Part-VI|72 pages

Credit, Finance, and Money

chapter Chapter Twenty-Four|17 pages

British Joint-Stock Companies and Atlantic Trading

ByMatthew David Mitchell

chapter Chapter Twenty-Five|14 pages

Speculating on the Atlantic World

ByHelen Paul

chapter Chapter Twenty-Six|20 pages

Paper Money, 1450–1850

ByDror Goldberg

chapter Chapter Twenty-Seven|19 pages

The Credit Crisis of 1772–73 in the Atlantic World

ByPaul Kosmetatos

part Part VII|87 pages

Commerce, Consumption, and Mercantile Networks

chapter Chapter Twenty-Eight|18 pages

Reassessing the Atlantic Contribution to British Marine Insurance

ByA. B. Leonard

chapter Chapter Twenty-Nine|15 pages

The Economic World of the Early Dutch and English Atlantic

ByEdmond Smith

chapter Chapter Thirty|27 pages

The Cultural History of Commerce in the Atlantic World 1

ByJonathan Eacott

chapter Chapter Thirty-One|24 pages

‘To Catch The Public Taste'

Interpreting American consumers in the era of Atlantic free trade, 1783–1854
ByJoanna Cohen

part Part VIII|70 pages

The Circulation of Ideas

chapter Chapter Thirty-Two|20 pages

‘Excited Almost to Madness’ 1

Slave rebellions and resistance in the Atlantic World
ByJeffrey A. Fortin

chapter Chapter Thirty-Three|15 pages

Economic Thought and State Practice in the Atlantic World

The ‘Phénomène Savary' in context
ByD'Maris Coffman

chapter Chapter Thirty-Four|17 pages

The Classical Atlantic World

ByN. P. Cole

chapter Chapter Thirty-Five|17 pages

The Atlantic Enlightenment

ByWilliam Max Nelson