New Special Topics History Course

This fall Dr. Juan J. Ponce-Vázquez is teaching a new Special Topics course titled "American Empires: Introduction to Atlantic History". The course will be appropriate to any student interested in the intersections between the history of Europe, Africa, and the Americas during the early modern period (from the 15th to the early 19th century). Atlantic history has become one of the most important fields of historical studies in the last 15 years, and students would benefit from understanding a little better this foundational period in the development of these three regions of the world.

The course meets on Tuesdays from 1-4pm in Piskor Hall 10.

Course description:

HIST 4001. American Empires: Introduction to Atlantic History

This course will analyze the rise of the Atlantic as a space in which the peoples of Europe, Africa, and the Americas came for the first time into permanent contact, thus transforming the future of the region forever. We will study topics such as the birth and development of European (Spanish, English, French, and Dutch) colonialism in the Americas, the early contact period with Native Americans, the European presence in Africa, European interactions with African peoples, and the rise of the transatlantic slave trade and the plantation economy in British America, Caribbean, and Brazil. We will also explore the role of women in these new colonial societies, slave experiences and rebellions, the formation of colonial societies across the hemisphere, and the clashes between different European imperial projects in the New World.