While the concept Atlantic history resists precise definition, most scholars agree that it involves the study of the interactions and interrelations between peoples and cultures around the Atlantic rim (including South America and the Caribbean, North America, Africa, Europe, and the islands of the Atlantic Ocean). The aim is to both build on and transcend the nation as the central unit of historical analysis by treating the Atlantic Ocean as a single analytical field. In so doing, the Atlantic model seeks not to homogenize and reduce, but rather to bring into relief the intricate complexities of the region. Atlanticists use the methodologies of both connective and comparative history to investigate intercultural contact, exchange, and conflict, focusing on key themes such as exploration, imperialism, capitalism, and migration (forced and voluntary).
The Department of History at the University of Florida offers excellent opportunities for studying Atlantic history. While most programs in Atlantic history focus on the “colonial” period, from the 1490s through the 1830s, a number of scholars, including several at UF, are currently probing the viability of the Atlantic approach for the later nineteenth and twentieth century.
Ida Altman (colonial Latin America, early modern Spain, Mexico, early Caribbean)
Juliana Barr (early America, women, Native Americans)
Elizabeth Dale (American constitutional history)
Matthew Gallman (19th-century US)
David Geggus (colonial Caribbean, Haiti, slavery)
Jessica Harland-Jacobs (modern Britain, British empire, imperialism
Sheryl Kroen (modern France, Europe)
Jeffrey Needell (modern Latin America, Brazil)
Susan O’Brien (Africa, religion)
Jon Sensbach (early America, religion, Black Atlantic)
The University of Florida boasts outstanding collections in Latin American and Caribbean history.
The department regularly offers graduate seminars in Atlantic history, MA students conduct research on Atlantic topics, and PhD students may pursue a minor field in Atlantic history.
AMH 5930 The Black Atlantic
AMH 6198 Early American Society
EUH 5546 Topics in British History
EUH 5934 Topics in European History: Imperialism
EUH 5934 Topics in European History: Atlantic Exchanges
HIS 5450 Slavery in the New World
LAH 5438 Modern Mexico
LAH 5476 Caribbean History to 1800
LAH 5607 History of Amazonia
LAH 5637 Brazil since 1750
LAH 5933 Topics in Caribbean History
LAH 6934 Colonial Spanish America
LAH 5934 The Iberian Atlantic
LAH 6936 Seminar in the History of Brazil
Current Graduate Students