HIS 317L • The US in 17th-C Atlantic World
With global expansion from the spread of warfare, commerce, exploration, New World Colonization, technological innovation, and religious reformation and counter-reformation, the seventeenth century saw the simultaneous expansion of knowledge and experience of the world through widespread human interaction, conflict, exchange, and creativity. Extensions of human geography and puzzling encounters with strange people, gods, material culture, and flora and fauna in exotic places, also formed the basis of a remarkable convergence of science, art and culture between east and west during this period. The purpose of this new lecture course is to begin to map just a few of the major patterns in this enormous process.
Texts will include (among others): Magnusson and Palsson, The Vinland Sagas; J.M. Cohen, ed., The Four Voyages (of Columbus); The works of Richard Hakluyt; von Grimmelschausen, The Adventurous Simplicius Simplicissimus; Ambroise Pare, On Monsters and Marvels; and Charles Webster, From Paracelsus to Newton