This course is an introduction to Atlantic history and the political, socio-cultural, and material connections forged between Europe, Africa, and the Americas during the early modern era. The course examines the character of those connections – the reasons for their formation, convergence, and impact over time. Key themes include: 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 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;
- 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;
- Evaluate continuity and change over time, with particular reference to globalization, a process often said to define modernity;
- Identify and transcribe sources from the period, using them to reconstruct beliefs, ideas, and attitudes; and,
- Design and execute a research project in early modern Atlantic history.
Tutorial participation (10%) [LO 1, 2] .
Topical Essay: 2,000 words (30%) [LO 2, 3, 4]. Students will be free to select their question from the related tutorial schedule. Essays will be due 1-2 weeks after class discussion.
Research Proposal: 750 words (10%) [LO 5, 6]. This will be due mid-semester.
Research Essay: 3500 words (50%) [LO, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,6]. As
this task takes the place of a final exam it will be due in the first week of
the scheduled examination period.
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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
Prescribed TextsAn e-brick consisting of primary material and scholarly essays will be compiled and made available on Wattle.
Preliminary ReadingCanny, N., & P. Morgan, eds., The Oxford Handbook of the Atlantic World (2012).
Elliott, J.H., Empires of the Atlantic World. Britain and Spain in America 1492-1830 (2006).
Richter, D., Before the Revolution. America’s Ancient Pasts (2011).
Assumed KnowledgeStudents are expected to be able to reflect critically on primary historical evidence and to apply the work of historians, or scholarship from related disciplines, in interpreting it. A background of undergraduate study in one or more of the following disciplines is desirable: archaeology, anthropology, history, (Latin) American or European studies.
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