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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Fall 2008

HIS 383M • The Atlantic in Global History

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Course Description

This purpose of this seminar is to provide a broad overview of recent scholarly literature on the history of the Atlantic World from the Age of Discovery through the Age of Revolution. There is, of course, an enormous body of historical work on Atlantic History, so the approach will necessarily be selective and much will be left out. Our training is in colonial Latin American and colonial North American history, respectively, and the course organization probably reflects that. We are happy to consider adjustments to the syllabus should anyone feel strongly that a topic is being unfairly ignored or that a reading that is not included would greatly enrich the class.

Grading Policy

Writing Assignments: Because this is a reading seminar, we will ask for a modest but steady amount of written work; because this is a class designed to stimulate thinking about potential research in Atlantic history, we will ask you to write papers focused on that goal. You should write a 4-5 page essay for each class meeting. We do not want you to summarize or even to synthesize the readings. Instead, you should identify and discuss a question that arises out of that meeting's readings that one could pursue as a research project. Your focus should be more conceptual (e.g. interpretive and methodological issues) than practical (e.g. identifying specific archival holdings that might be useful). You must explain, at least in passing, what each of the assigned readings contributes to your potential project (though on some occasions that may involve writing a footnote explaining why a book or article doesnt contribute). We may distribute essays within the class and use them to stimulate discussion.


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