Atlantic-BlackHistor - destiny of Europe Africa and the Americas Black Atlantic • Challenges old Eurocentric perspectives of Atlantic historians

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Studying Atlantic and African Diaspora history: definitions, methods and approaches Atlantic/Black Atlantic History Relatively new field, emerged from historians late 80s early 90s from seeing connection of American, European, and African history Method of inquiry/study which looks across political borders to understand how regions developed Encompasses interactions among people and places bordering the Atlantic Ocean: Africa, Europe, the Americans beginning in the 15 th century Black Atlantic- focus on people of African descent Defining the Atlantic World European 15 th , 16 th century voyages bringing together 3 branches of humanity with each other Many people played a part in making of this new world. Since the 15 th century Atlantic responsible for exchanges of people, animals, crops, diseases, etc. These exchanges transformed societies already in existence and created new ones Communities connected by Atlantic Ocean would change the
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Unformatted text preview: destiny of Europe, Africa and the Americas Black Atlantic • Challenges old Eurocentric perspectives of Atlantic historians o “discovery of the new world”, slave trade only European enterprise • focuses on the role Africans played in its creation and looks at the interaction between Africans and other peoples of the world and sees the contribution of populations other than Europeans • doesn’t imply that all groups instrumental in creating the Atlantic World had the same amount of power: never even, changed from period to period o each had own contribution to Atlantic World Themes • Encounter • Contributions transfer of culture, religions, ideas, skills, resources, etc • Trade and its expanding network • Role of Africans as producers and consumers • Ways in which Africans have influenced/impacted American societies • Coerced labor/slavery (lynchpin of the Atlantic economy)...
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2011 for the course HUMN 007 taught by Professor Blyden during the Fall '10 term at GWU.

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