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A Cultural History of the Atlantic World, 1250–1820

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  • Date Published: September 2012
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521727341

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  • A Cultural History of the Atlantic World, 1250–1820 explores the idea that strong linkages exist in the histories of Africa, Europe, and North and South America. John K. Thornton provides a comprehensive overview of the history of the Atlantic Basin before 1830 by describing political, social, and cultural interactions between the continents' inhabitants. He traces the backgrounds of the populations on these three continental landmasses brought into contact by European navigation. Thornton then examines the political and social implications of the encounters, tracing the origins of a variety of Atlantic societies and showing how new ways of eating, drinking, speaking, and worshipping developed in the newly created Atlantic World. This book uses close readings of original sources to produce new interpretations of its subject.

    • Uses close reading of original sources to produce new interpretations of its subject
    • Deals with all the interacting parties in America, Africa and Europe
    • Pays close attention to culture and cultural exchange
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    • Date Published: September 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521727341
    • length: 558 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.79kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus. 11 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Atlantic Background:
    1. The foundation of the Atlantic world, 1250–1600
    Part II. Three Atlantic Worlds:
    2. The European background
    3. The African background
    4. The American world, 1450–1700
    Part III. The Nature of Encounter and its Aftermath:
    5. Conquest
    6. Colonization
    7. Contact
    Part IV. Culture Transition and Change:
    8. Transfer and retention in language
    9. Aesthetic change
    10. Religious stability and change
    11. The revolutionary moment in the Atlantic.

  • Author

    John K. Thornton, Boston University
    John K. Thornton is Professor of History and African American Studies at Boston University. He is the author of Warfare in Atlantic Africa, 1500–1800 (1999) and Africa and Africans in the Making of the Atlantic World, 1400–1800 (Cambridge University Press, 1992, 1998) and the co-author of Central Africans, Atlantic Creoles and the Foundation of the Americas, 1585–1660 (Cambridge University Press, 2007) with Linda M. Heywood.

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