October 14, 2009
By Miriam Hauss Cunningham, Administrative Officer of the National History Center
The first in the series offered in conjunction with the New Books in History focuses on the “Reinterpreting History” books, published by Oxford University Press. The volumes in the series aim to convey to readers how and why historians revise and reinterpret their understanding of the past, and they do so by focusing on a particular historical topic, event, or idea that has long gained the attention of historians.
This podcast deals with the volumeAtlantic History: A Critical Appraisal (Oxford University Press, 2008). Marshall Poe, editor of “New Books”, interviewed the editors of the volume, Jack P. Greene and Philip D. Morgan. The interview is available now online.
As Professor Poe suggests, “You may think that historians normally study states or nations, like France and China. But they also study areas of international or imperial interaction. The most famous example of this sort of ‘international’ history is Fernand Braudel’s The Mediterranean and the Mediterranean World in the Age of Philip II (1949), but there are many others.”
As a relatively new field, the object of study is the “Atlantic World,” roughly, the history of the interaction of four continents (Africa, Europe, North America, and South America) from the 15th to the 18th century. In this podcast, Greene and Morgan talk about the origin of the field, its work to date, and its prospects.
To listen to the interview, click here.