The Atlantic Connection takes up the major themes of Atlantic history focusing on the interconnections of the Atlantic world from 1450-1900. During this period, ships, goods, diseases, human beings and ideas flowed across the ocean, tying together the Atlantic basin in a complex web of relationships. The book is divided into four main sections: Explorations, Colonization and Conquest, The Movement of People and Ideas, and The Age of Ideology. Across these sections the The Atlantic Connection is set out in a broadly chronological way, but also considers key cultural themes such as gender, social developments, the economy, and ideologies as well as:
The role of the Atlantic in ensuring European dominance
The creation of a set of societies with new cultural norms and philosophical ideals that continued to evolve and to transform not only the Atlantic, but the rest of the world; in other words, the importance of the Atlantic in shaping modernity
The contestation over rights and justice that emerged from the Atlantic world, which likewise continues to exist as a significant issue in today's world - as well as some of the solutions to these issues.
The book is also bound together by an essential microhistorical argument that which is important in understanding why Atlantic history took the shape that it did and answering the key question; if European dominance of the Atlantic was not the result of their technological prowess, then how did it come about? Anna Suranyi argues that this occurred partly as a result of Western European geographical orientation toward the ocean, which allowed Western Europeans to take advantage of both Ottoman innovation and their increasing navigational expertise. Once the initial contact had been made, the wealth as well as the cultural challenge emanating from Atlantic helped spur on European developments including the Protestant Reformation, Commercial Revolution, Scientific Revolution, and eventually the Enlightenment, as well as fostering the growth of new societies in the Atlantic, while eventually undermining African development. Together these developments paved the way for European Atlantic supremacy.
The end of the 20th century finds the Atlantic Alliance partners in evolution toward a new relationship in the key policy arenas of regional and international security, international trade and competition, and the need to deal effectively with environmental and public health problems associated with an expanding global marketplace. In response to this situation, the Clinton Administration and the European Union initiated a series of efforts under the framework of a New Transatlantic Agenda'. The purpose of these efforts was to strengthen the communication and ties between the EU and the United States in a variety of functional areas. Security, Trade, and Environmental Policy: A US/European Union Transatlantic Agenda contributes to this dialogue. The volume focuses on a European and American perspective of the issues of international security, world trade, and the globalization/environmental policy interface. It includes contributions from public officials and scholars from both Europe and the United States, and as such provides valuable insights into the mind set of these individuals and their views on desirable policy directions for both Europe and the US on matters affecting international security, on the next generation of world trade policy, and on the interface between trade policy and environmental policy.
In Human Ecodynamics in the North Atlantic: A Collaborative Model of Humans and Nature through Space and Time, Ramona Harrison and Ruth A. Maherhave compiled a series of separate research projects conducted across the North Atlantic region that each contribute greatly to anthropological archaeology. This book assembles a regional model through which the reader is presented with a vivid and detailed image of the climatic events and cultures which have occupied these seas and lands for roughly a 5000-year period. It provides a model of adaptability, resilience, and sustainability that can be applied globally.
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