Multiple Atlantics

Authored by: Susanne Lachenicht

The Routledge Handbook of Transregional Studies

Print publication date:  November  2018
Online publication date:  November  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138718364
eBook ISBN: 9780429438233
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This chapter discusses the construction, coexistence, and confrontation of multiple Atlantics over time and space. Historically, an Atlantic World came into being from the fifteenth century onwards, connecting regions, people, goods, and ideas in Europe, Africa, the Americas, and the Caribbean. Around the First World War, Atlantic history and Atlantic studies emerged as an intercontinental form of area studies. The emergence of Atlantic Worlds and the rise of Atlantic studies as a subject were intricately connected to pan-African, Cold War, and South–South relations, making it a prime example of transregional dynamics.

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