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What is Transatlantic History?

2008 Forum

 

 

The forum on “What is Transatlantic History?” was a success as it was well-attended and our presenters did an excellent job presenting their ideas. 

 

Professors and students listening attentively.

 

The esteemed panel, from left to right, Dr. Thomas Adam, Dr. Steven Reinhardt, moderator, Dr. Stanley Palmer, and Dr. John Garrigus.

 

Dr. Palmer’s informative and instructive map detailing the vagaries of defining Atlantic history.  Do we do circum-, cis-, or trans- Atlantic history?

 

In the field of Transatlantic History, our presenters agreed that the Pacific was non-existent, but they gave no really good reasons for that determination.

 

 

 

Our participants each suggested a short reading for attendees to read before the forum on April 10th.  These selections serve as an excellent introduction to the topic.

 

Dr. Stanley Palmer:

 

Canny, Nicholas. “Writing Atlantic History: or, Reconfiguring the History of Colonial British America.” The Journal of American History 86, no. 3 (December 1999): 1093-1114. 

 

Available from History Cooperative at: http://www.historycooperative.org/journals/jah/86.3/canny.html.

 

Dr. John Garrigus:

 

Games, Alison. “Atlantic History: Definitions, Challenges, and Opportunities.” The American Historical Review 111, no. 3 (June 2006): 741-757.

 

Available from History Cooperative at: http://www.historycooperative.org/journals/ahr/111.3/games.html.

 

Dr. Thomas Adam:

 

Rodgers, Daniel T. “Prologue.” In Atlantic Crossings: Social Politics in a Progressive Age, 1-7. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1998.

 

Available here: http://www.uta.edu/studentorgs/thso/pdfs/Atlantic%20Crossings.PDF.

 

Dr. Steven Reinhardt:

 

Reinhardt, Steven G., and Dennis Reinhartz, ed. “Preface.” In Transatlantic History, ix-xi. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2006.

 

Available from Google Books at: http://books.google.com/books?id=fJi2E_IqrNIC&pg=PP15&dq=the+thirty-sixth+annual+walter+prescott+webb&sig=kqtbXt-LBu0uhhWjEQsJQGELxv8.

 

 

 

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