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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Fall 2007

T C 357 • History of the Early Modern Atlantic

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
44715 T
4:00 PM-7:00 PM
CRD 007A

Course Description

The history of the European colonial expansion into the New World has lately been changing as scholars question traditional national narratives. US colonial history was more than simply the preface to the foundation of the American nation. The thirteen original colonies were part of a much larger British Empire that included plantations in Caribbean and Canada and holdings in Africa and India. To understand colonial history we need to understand the British Empire as a whole and its interactions with other empires and continents: Ottoman, Chinese, Japanese, Native American, African, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and French. This course explores the histories of the peoples who whose interactions and struggles shaped colonial history: Native Americans, Africans, Asians, and the various European settlers. Students will read recent literature on the "Atlantic" and will write an original research paper. Sources in Portuguese, Spanish, or French will be added for students knowledgeable in any of these languages.

About the Professor

Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra received his PhD in the history of Science at the University of Wisconsin Madison Cañizares-Esguerra has been a SSRC fellow, a NEH fellow at the John Carter Brown Library, an Andrew Mellon Research Fellow at the Huntington Library, and a Harrington Faculty Fellow at the University of Texas-Austin. He has also been a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and of the Charles Warren Center of Studies of American History at Harvard. His American Historical Review article "New World, New Stars: Patriotic Astrology and the Invention of Indian and Creole Bodies, 1600-1650" (February, 1999) won the 1999-2001 best article award from the Forum in the History of the Human Sciences of the History of Science Society. His book How to Write the History of the New World. Histories, Epistemologies, and Identities in the Eighteenth-century Atlantic World (Stanford University Press, 2001) won two awards from the American Historical Association in 2001 (The Atlantic History and the John Edwin Fagg Prizes). The book was cited in 2001 in TLS, the Independent (London), and the Economist among the best books of the year. He also the author of Puritan Conquistadors (Stanford, 2006) and Nature Empire and Nation (Stanford 2006). He has coedited with Erik Seeman, The Atlantic in Global History (Prentice Hall, 2006).

Grading Policy

This class is writing intensive and will be conducted as a reading seminar. Students will every week turn in a 500 word evaluation of the week's readings (60 %) and short final research (2500 word) paper (20%). The remaining 10 % of the grade corresponds to attendance and participation.


Luiz Felipe de Alencastro, O trato dos viventes: Formação do Brasil no Atlântico Sul, séculos XVI e XVII
David Armitage and Michael Braddick, British Atlantic World 1550-1800 Bernard Bailyn, Atlantic History: Concepts and Contours Robin Blackburn, The Making of New World Slavery: From the Baroque to the Modern 1492-1800 Jorge Canizares-Esguerra, Puritan Conquistadors: Iberianizing the Atlantic, 1550-1700 Jorge Canizares-Esguerra and Erik Seeman, The Atlantic in Global History John Elliott, Empires of the Atlantic World; Britain and Spain in America Serge Gruzinski, Les quatre parties du monde : Histoire d'une mondialisation Richard L. Kagan and Geoffrey Parker, Spain, Europe and the Atlantic John Thornton, Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1500-1800


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