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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Atlantic Experience

Peoples, Places, Ideas

ISBN 9780230272736
Publication Date January 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Providing a succinct yet comprehensive introduction to the history of the Atlantic world in its entirety, The Atlantic Experience traces the first Portuguese journeys to the West coast of Africa in the mid-fifteenth century through to the abolition of slavery in America in the late-nineteenth century.

Bringing together the histories of Europe, Africa and the Americas, this book supersedes a history of nations, foregrounds previously neglected parts of these continents, and explores the region as a holistic entity that encompassed people from many different areas, ethnic groups and national backgrounds. Distilling this huge topic into key themes such as conquest, trade, race and migration, Catherine Armstrong and Laura Chmielewski's chronological survey illuminates the crucial aspects of this cutting edge field.

Catherine Armstrong is Senior Lecturer in American History at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK. She is the author of Landscape and Identity in North America's Southern Colonies 1660-1745.

Laura M. Chmielewski is Associate Professor of History at Purchase College, State University of New York, USA. She is the author of The Spice of Popery: Converging Christianities on an Early American Frontier.

Introduction – Studying Atlantic History
1. Navigation and Empire
2. Contact and Encounter
3. Bondage and Freedom
4. Trade and Economy
5. Atlantic Religion: Beliefs and Behaviours
6. Cultural Transfer in the Greater Atlantic
7. Dependence and Independence
8. The Quest for Abolition


The Atlantic Experience has the potential to become the leading text in the field for both teachers and students of the Atlantic world and Atlantic history.' – David Ceri Jones, Lecturer in History, Aberystwyth University, UK
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