Since the post-war period, historians have acknowledged that one of the most fruitful means to understand the history of the Americas, Europe, and Africa, is to study their intrinsic connections with one another, famously prevalent since 1492. The field of Atlantic World history studies the circulation of people, objects, and ideas between these three areas, as well as the Atlantic Ocean which connects them.
The Atlantic World Program at ECU is unique because it operates in tandem with programs in Maritime History, Maritime Archaeology, Conservation, and Public History. The curriculum includes a selection of courses in the historiography of the Atlantic World, as well as European, American, Caribbean, African, African American, and Latin American History.
The faculty team also trains students in sub-fields such as the history of gender, the history of race and slavery, the history of Diaspora, the history of political and economic thought, the history of religion, social history, and intellectual and cultural history.
Banner image source: Emanuel Bowen, A New & Accurate Chart of the Western or Atlantic Ocean Drawn from Surveys and most approved Maps & Charts. The whole being regulated by Astronomical Observations. From John Harris, Navigantiumatque itinerantium bibliotheca, or, A complete collection of voyages and travels (London: Printed for T. Woodward… [et al.], 1744-1748), Vol. II, 3. Courtesy of North Carolina Maps Collection, Special Collections, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA.