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The Creation of the British Atlantic World

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April 2005



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The Creation of the British Atlantic World

Was the British Atlantic shaped more by imperial rivalries or by the actions of subnational groups with a variety of economic, social, and religious agendas? The Creation of the British Atlantic World analyzes the interrelationship between these competing explanations for the development of the British Atlantic by examining migration patterns on both the macro and micro level. It also scrutinizes the roles played by trade, religion, ethnicity, and class in linking Atlantic borders and the increasingly complicated legal, intellectual and emotional relationship between the British sovereign and colonial charterholders.

Contributors include Joyce E. Chaplin, John E. Crowley, David Barry Gaspar, April Lee Hatfield, James Horn, Ray A. Kea, Elizabeth Mancke, Philip D. Morgan, William M. Offutt, Robert Olwell, Carole Shammas, Wolfgang Splitter, Mark L. Thompson, Karin Wulf, Avihu Zakai.

Elizabeth Mancke is a professor of history and the Canada Research Chair in Atlantic Canada Studies at the University of New Brunswick. Carole Shammas is the John R. Hubbard Chair Emerita in History at the University of Southern California.

"This is a seminal collection that over the years will provide both inspiration and guidance to those striving to understand the 'how' and 'why' of imperialism and imperial historiography."

"The popularity of Atlantic history is proven by a stream of publications in recent years, but few have attained the quality of this excellent collection."

"The contributors and editors have done us a great service by bringing together in one volume some of the more creative and novel approaches to Atlantic history."

"A fine collection."

"Beautifully set up... and provides tantalizing insights."

"A valuable contribution to transatlantic studies."

"This book — written for the most part by Greene's former students — is both a tribute to and recognition of Greene's ambiguous legacy."

"A collection of superb essays."

"This volume offers what readers have come to expect from publishing houses such as Johns Hopkins University Press, namely solid and reliable scholarship... a valuable contribution."

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