Hybrid Atlantics: Future Directions for the History of the Atlantic World

TitleHybrid Atlantics: Future Directions for the History of the Atlantic World
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsCañizares-Esguerra, Jorge, and Benjamin Breen
JournalHistory Compass
Volume11
Issue8
Pagination597-609
Date Published2013
Abstract

Fundamental features of the early modern Atlantic – like the slave trade, the rise of experimental science and long-distance commerce, and the proliferation of religious confessions – were transnational in character. This essay surveys recent work in the field, emphasizing emerging scholarship on the hybrid nature of the Atlantic world. Yet for hybridity to work as a useful analytical category, we need to do away with the narrative of “Northwestern Europeanization” as the normative model. We explore how ecology and place, science and medicine, and diasporic or extra-national groups like smugglers, Jews, and slaves helped create an Atlantic that was defined more by its cross-cultural encounters, local contexts, and mixed identities than by the power of European states.

URLhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/hic3.12051/full
Short TitleHybrid Atlantics
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