An introduction to Atlantic history and the study of the various socio-cultural, political, economic and material relationships which came to link Europe, Africa, and the Americas; their formation, mutual influence and impact, and, in some instances, transformation or dissolution. Principal themes will be how historians study premodern American peoples; why, and to what extent, many of these peoples were conquered by Europeans; European interactions with (changing) Native American and African societies; the rise of slavery and racism; the varied consequences for early modern European societies of global expansion.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Analyse primary sources and use them to reconstruct beliefs, ideas, and attitudes from the past;
- Articulate their understanding of the past and explain how that understanding relates to the wider historiography as well as present-day concerns;
- Construct evidence-based arguments about the consequences of the "discovery of the New World" for European, American, and African peoples; and,
- Evaluate continuity and change over time, with particular reference to globalization, a process often said to define modernity.
Tutorial Participation: (10%) [LO 1, 2].
Primary Source Analysis: 1,000 words (15%) [LO 1, 3].
Topical Essay: 2,000 words (35%) [LO 2, 3, 4].
Final Assessment: Either a 2,500 word research essay on an approved question, or a final 2.5 hour, closed-book examination (40%) [LO 1, 2, 3, 4].
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorial and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
A Reading Brick will be compiled.
A. Taylor, American Colonies. The Settling of North America (2002); T. Benjamin, The Atlantic World. Europeans, Africans, Indians and Their Shared History, 1400-1900 (2009), N. Canny & P. Morgan, eds., The Oxford Handbook of the Atlantic World (2012).
A. Taylor, American Colonies. The Settling of North America (2002).Contact course convener for further details.
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