The Atlantic World

The Atlantic World

Toyin Falola and Kevin Roberts
Distribution: World
Publication date: 04/16/2008
Format: Paperback 7 figures, 1 maps
ISBN: 978-0-253-21943-5
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This ambitious work provides an overview of the Atlantic world, since the 15th century, by exploring the major themes that define the study of this region. Contact with Europeans in Africa and the Americas, the slave trade, gender and race in the early Atlantic world, independence movements in Africa, Caribbean nationalism, and gender and identity in the 20th century are just a few subjects discussed. Moving beyond the micro-histories of the scholarly monograph to connect the fruits of those researches with broader events and processes, this book, in the editors' words, makes "a concerted effort to re-connect elites and non-elites, Old World and New, early modern and modern, and economics and culture." It will be a point of embarkation for a new generation of students of the Atlantic world.

Author Bio

Toyin Falola is the Frances Higginbotham Nalle Centennial Professor in History at the University of Texas at Austin. He is co-editor of The Yoruba Diaspora in the Atlantic World (IUP, 2004).

Kevin D. Roberts is the founder and headmaster of Pope John Paul II Academy in Lafayette, Louisiana. A specialist in comparative slavery, he is author of African American Issues.


“The volume's strength lies in its extensive scope and depth with several chapters that connect African, American, and European experiences with the wider context of the Atlantic world since the 15th century. . . . Comprehensive and thought—provoking.”
 — Olufemi Vaughan, SUNY Stony Brook

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Table of Contents

Introduction / Toyin Falola and Kevin D. Roberts
Map of the Atlantic World

Part 1. Nations and Migrations
1. The World of the Atlantic before the "Atlantic World": Africa, Europe, and the Americas before 1450 / Patricia Pearson
2. Contact and Conquest in Africa and the Americas / Timothy P. Grady
3. Migrations and Frontiers / Alison Games

Part 2. Empires and Slavery
4. From Servitude to Slavery / Michael Guasco
5. The Slave Trade's Apex in the Eighteenth Century / Timothy R. Buckner
6. The Nineteenth-Century Black Atlantic / Aribidesi A. Usman
7. Women in the Atlantic World / Ken Aslakson
8. The Black Atlantic: Theory, Method, and Practice / Douglas B. Chambers

Part 3. Independence and Abolition
9. Independence Movements in the New World / David Cahill
10. The Rise of Abolition / Maurice Jackson
11. African Independence Movements / Joel E. Tishken

Part 4. Globalization and Its Discontents
12. The Diasporic Dimensions of Caribbean Nationalism, 1900<N>1959 / E. G. Iweriebor and Amanda Warnock
13. The Cold War in the Atlantic World / Carol Anderson
14. Gender and Identity in the Twentieth-Century Atlantic World / Amanda Warnock
15. Reparation and Repair: Reform Movements in the Atlantic World / Maxim Matusevich

List of Contributors