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

Fall 2008

T C 357 • History of the Early Modern Atlantic-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43855 T
3:30 PM-6:30 PM
SZB 434

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 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.

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 (70 %). To get an A, students should clearly identify the argument of the book/article as well as the author's sources and methodology. Students should also include three questions for discussion. Students will write a short (4000 word) final research paper (20%) on a topic to be approved by the instructor. The remaining 10 % of the grade corresponds to attendance and participation.


Jeremy Adelman, Sovereignty and Revolution in the Iberian Atlantic (Princeton, 2006): Tom Bender, A Nation Among Nations (Hill and Wang: 2006) Daviken Studnicki-Gizbert, A Nation Upon the Ocean Sea (Oxford: 2006) John Thornton, Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 2nd ed (Cambridge, 1998) Bernard Bailyn, Atlantic History (Harvard, 2005) David Weber, Bárbaros (Yale, 2005) David Ringrose, Expansion and Global Interaction (Longman, 2001) Allan Greer, Mohawk Saint (Oxford, 2004) Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra, Puritan Conquistadors (Stanford, 2006) Jon Sensbach, Rebecca's Revival (Harvard, 2005) James Sweet, Recreating Africa (North Carolina, 2006)

About the Professor

Jorge Cañizares-Esguerra received his PhD in the history of Science at the University of Wisconsin Madison. His research interests include Atlantic History, Colonial Spanish and British America, History of Knowledge and History of Science.


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