Introduction: New Approaches and Perspectives on Transatlantic History

Kristen D. Burton, Isabelle Rispler


In the field of transatlantic history, scholars continue to refine methodological debates and theoretical questions in order for research to move beyond the limitations established by national history.  This volume of Traversea features contributions to these debates from emerging scholars, as they examine and challenge historiographical arguments concerning prominent themes in transatlantic history.  Such themes include the role of diaspora and migration in the formation of transatlantic connections, North-South transatlantic connections, as well as approaches to incorporating Atlantic history into a transatlantic field.  One of the main objectives of transatlantic history is to bring together the historiography of different subfields.  It is interdisciplinary in nature, it reinforces continued work in transnational history, and it depends upon the collaborative efforts of scholars across multiple fields.  In this second volume, Traversea has a twofold mission: to continue to publish the work of new scholars in the field of transatlantic history in the Independent Contributions section, and to operate as a platform for research papers delivered at the annual Transatlantic History Student Organization (THSO) graduate student conference in the Conference Presentations section.

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