Atlantic World Reading List

This is the reading list for my Atlantic World field. There are a lot of books not on here that I still hope to read someday.


Armitage, David, and Michael J. Braddick, eds. The British Atlantic World, 1500-1800. Second Edition. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Bailyn, Bernard. Atlantic History: Concept and Contours. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2005.

Gillis, John R. Islands of the Mind: How the Human Imagination Created the Atlantic World. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.

Egerton, Douglas R., Alison Games, Jane G. Landers, Kris Lane, and Donald R. Wright. The Atlantic World: A History, 1400 – 1888. New York: Wiley, 2007.


Banks, Kenneth J. Chasing Empire Across the Sea: Communications And the State in the French Atlantic, 1713-1763. Montreal and Kingston: Mcgill-Queens University Press, 2006.

Cannadine, David, ed. Empire, The Sea and Global History: Britain’s Maritime World, 1763-1833. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Colley, Linda. Captives: Britain, Empire, and the World, 1600-1850. New York: Anchor, 2004.

Daniels, Christine, and Michael V. Kennedy, eds. Negotiated Empires: Centers and Peripheries in the New World, 1500-1820. New York and London: Routledge, 2002.

Hinderaker, Eric, and Peter C. Mancall. At the Edge of Empire: The Backcountry in British North America. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.

Hulsebosch, Daniel J. Constituting Empire: New York and the Transformation of Constitutionalism in the Atlantic World, 1664-1830. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005.

Maxwell, Kenneth. Naked Tropics: Essays on Empire and Other Rogues. New York: Routledge, 2003.


Class, Gender, and Race

Beidler, Phillip, and Gary Taylor, eds. Writing Race Across the Atlantic World, 1492-1789. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2002.

Kidd, Colin. The Forging of Races: Race and Scripture in the Protestant Atlantic World, 1600-2000. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006.

Middleton, Simon, and Billy G. Smith. Class Analysis in Early America and the Atlantic World: Foundations and Future. Durham: Duke University Press, 2004.

Benton, Lauren. Law and Colonial Cultures: Legal Regimes in World History, 1400-1900. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Wilson, Kathleen. The Island Race: Englishness, Empire, and Gender in the Eighteenth Century. New York: Routledge, 2003.

Commerce and Economics

Curtin, Philip D. The Rise and Fall of the Plantation Complex: Essays in Atlantic History. 2nd ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Gauci, Perry. The Politics of Trade: The Overseas Merchant in State and Society, 1660-1720. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Gould, Philip. Barbaric Traffic: Commerce and Antislavery in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2003.

Hunter, Phyllis Whitman. Purchasing Identity in the Atlantic World : Massachusetts Merchants, 1670-1780. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2001.


Geggus, David P. The Impact of the Haitian Revolution in the Atlantic World. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2001.

Klooster, Wim. Revolutions in the Atlantic World: A Comparative History. New York: New York University Press, 2009.


Giles, Paul. Transatlantic Insurrections: British Culture and the Formation of American Literature, 1730-1860. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001.

Pratt, Mary Louise. Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2007.

Raven, James. London Booksellers and American Customers: Transatlantic Literary Community and the Charleston Library Society, 1748-1811. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2002.

Padron, Ricardo. The Spacious Word: Cartography, Literature, and Empire in Early Modern Spain. 1st ed. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 2004.

Palmie, Stephan, ed. Slave Cultures and the Cultures of Slavery. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1996.

The Sea

Linebaugh, Peter, and Marcus Rediker. The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic. Boston: Beacon Press, 2001.

Mulcahy, Matthew. Hurricanes and Society in the British Greater Caribbean, 1624-1783. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008.

Rediker, Marcus. Villains of All Nations: Atlantic Pirates in the Golden Age. Boston: Beacon Press, 2005.

Taylor, Eric Robert. If We Must Die: Shipboard Insurrections in the Era of the Atlantic Slave Trade. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2009.

Migrations and Encounters

Klooster, Wim, and Alfred Padula. The Atlantic World: Essays on Slavery, Migration and Imagination. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson, 2004.

Matar, Nabil. Britain and Barbary, 1589-1689.  Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2005.

Matar, Nabil. Europe Through Arab Eyes, 1578-1727. Ithaca: Columbia University Press, 2008.

McCann, James C. Maize and Grace: Africa’s Encounter with a New World Crop, 1500-2000. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2007.

McNeill, J. R. Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1620-1914. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Northrup, David. Africa’s Discovery of Europe 1450-1850. 2nd ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Schlesinger, Roger. In the Wake of Columbus: The Impact of the New World on Europe, 1492-1650. 2nd ed. New York: Harlan Davidson, 2007.

Smallwood, Stephanie E. Saltwater Slavery: A Middle Passage from Africa to American Diaspora. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2008.

Vaughan, Alden T. Transatlantic Encounters: American Indians in Britain, 1500-1776. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Wokeck, Marianne Sophia. Trade in Strangers: The Beginnings of Mass Migration to North America. Philadelphia: Pennsylvania State University Press, 1999.

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