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Critical Analysis Of Peter Coclanis’ Article: Atlantic World Or Atlantic/World?

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“The Atlantic World was a world Europeans, Africans, and Americans “made together” –together with peoples from without.” Such is the belief of Peter Coclanis, Albert R. Newsome Professor of History and Economics and Associate Provost for International Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In his paper: Atlantic World or Atlantic/World? published in the William and Mary Quarterly in 2006, Coclanis argues that the study of Atlantic history is too narrow. He writes in this paper that there is no context in which the Atlantic world can be completely separated from the interactions with the rest of the world. The argument Coclanis believes if one is to study Atlantic history of the early modern period (circa 1500-1800 CE) one needs to focus more on other areas, such as the countries outside the Atlantic or their trading circuits in order to fully understand the history of the Atlantic. This idea that Atlantic historians need to change their focus is contradictory to what Atlantic history is. If Atlantic historians shifted their focus to include countries not connected to the Atlantic, can it still be called Atlantic history or if one was to believe what Coclanis suggests: should historians even focus on the Atlantic world at all?
Coclanis is writing in response to his article published four years earlier entitled: Drang Nach Osten: Bernard Bailyn, the World-Island, and the Idea of Atlantic History. He writes because he believes that now he is “a bit better informed” in that his critique has become “bit more nuanced and sophisticated.” Coclanis reveals his feeling toward the study of Atlantic history by being underwhelmed and unconvinced about the arguments made the historians. He states that the “scholarship in the intervening years has not persuaded me to move at all toward the Atlantic camp.” Coclanis claims that Atlantic historians have “the perverse effect of separating if not isolating the Atlantic unit from all other units in the early modern period.” Throughout his paper Coclanis states that this isolation is the biggest problem faced by the “Atlanticists”. He makes a point of stating that Atlantic history focuses largely on the Northwest Europe as opposed to the Eurasian landmass as a whole. Coclanis believes that Atlantic historians “accord too much primacy to America in explaining Europe's transoceanic trade patterns”. In the paper he mentions his belief that in economic terms Atlantic historians “misrepresent through overstatement the place of Europe in the order of things.”
Coclanis uses the specific example of materials, primarily economic matters to illustrate his point. He focuses on the use of interrelated circuits to help expand Atlantic history. Coclanis takes this position because he is a teacher of History and Economics meaning he is very biased toward this discipline. He believes that “such circuits are to a greater or lesser degree applicable to other types of exchanges.” He argues that this...

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