By Bernard Bailyn
Atlantic historical past is a newly and swiftly constructing box of ancient learn. Bringing jointly parts of early smooth eu, African, and American history--their universal, comparative, and interactive aspects--Atlantic background embraces necessities of Western civilization, from the 1st contacts of Europe with the Western Hemisphere to the independence routine and the globalizing commercial revolution. In those probing essays, Bernard Bailyn explores the origins of the topic, its speedy improvement, and its effect on historic study.
He first considers Atlantic background as a subject matter of old inquiry--how it advanced as a made from either the pressures of post-World conflict II politics and the interior forces of scholarship itself. He then outlines significant issues within the topic over the 3 centuries following the ecu discoveries. The immense contribution of the African humans to all areas of the West, the westward migration of Europeans, pan-Atlantic trade and its function in constructing economies, racial and ethnic relatives, the unfold of Enlightenment ideas--all are Atlantic phenomena.
In interpreting either the historiographical and old dimensions of this constructing topic, Bailyn illuminates the dynamics of historical past as a discipline.
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Atlantic History: Concept and Contours by Bernard Bailyn