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 “scholarshi...
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...lude outer-Atlantic areas as well. This idea is contradictory to what Atlantic historians, and arguably historians in general study. The focus of any history is to understand developments which took place in the Atlantic. To include other areas outside of the Atlantic does nothing to improve Atlantic history. In effect it does quite the opposite; it becomes world history removing the importance of the Atlantic from Atlantic history. What Coclanis argues is that for one to fully understand a history of the Atlantic one must understand what is happening simultaneously across the globe.
Coclanis, Peter A.. “Atlantic World or Atlantic/World?” The William and Mary Quarterly 63.4 (2006): 725-742.
Coclanis, Peter A.. “Drang Nach Osten: Bernard Bailyn, the World-Island, and the Idea of Atlantic History” Journal of World History 13.1 (2002): 169-182.
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