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Atlantic Law: Transformations of a Regional Legal Regime  

Lauren Benton

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
In Atlantic history, law functioned as an element of regional formation. Legal practices and discourses circulated widely, and similar patterns of legal politics produced parallel ... More

The Atlantic Ocean Basin  

Alan L. Karras

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article argues that historians ought to have two main goals: reconstructing the past in a way that demonstrates how those who lived life in times before our own understood and ... More

Atlantic Seafaring  

N. A. M. Rodger

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
Without the ocean — or rather, the two oceans, the North and South Atlantic — we cannot account for many of the basic facts of Atlantic history. Only ships and seafaring made possible the ... More

The Challenge of the New  

Anthony Pagden

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
Europe's incursion into the Atlantic — the ‘occidental break out’ — after the mid-fifteenth century created many challenges and generated many kinds of ‘newness’ for all of those caught up ... More

Exploration and Navigation  

Felipe Fernández-Armesto

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Jul 2015
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Nov 2014
From unpromising starting points in Atlantic-side Europe, during a period of plague and cold, in a region that was poor and, by comparison with civilizations of maritime Asia, technically ... More

Knowledge and Cartography in the Early Atlantic  

Matthew H. Edney

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article considers the configuration of the Atlantic by Europeans through the production, circulation, and consumption of spatial information, specifically in the form of maps. It ... More

Mediterranean History  

David Abulafia

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
The first part of this article discusses the different approaches to Mediterranean history. People talk of the Mediterranean and refer to the waters that stretch eastward from the Straits ... More

Oceania and Australasia  

paul d'Arcy

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
Oceania and Australasia are relatively recent and externally imposed terms. The term Australasia refers collectively to the lands south of Asia, or present-day Australia and New Zealand. ... More

The pacific Ocean Basin to 1850  

Rainer F. Buschmann

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
The Pacific Ocean is the world's largest and deepest ocean, spanning about one-third of the earth's surface. Despite its size, the Pacific has received only scant global historical ... More

Port Cities  

Carola Hein

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Feb 2013
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Apr 2013
This article begins with a brief historical introduction that illustrates the interaction between ship, port, and city in the pre-modern era. It then explores the modern era from the ... More

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