"War Stories: Conflict in the Atlantic World, 1600-1850" Conference
17-19 November 2022
War was a more usual state of affairs than peace in the early modern Atlantic, and there are few scholars who would deny its importance for understanding this imperial age. Nevertheless, the impact of almost constant warfare on everyday social and economic development remains underappreciated. In many ways, war made the Atlantic world – as an arena of interaction, as an economic entity, and as a place of inter-racial conflict. Rather than being a sporadic disruption, war was a permanent constraint of life in the early modern Atlantic world. At the same time, the nature of armed conflict in this world redrew the very boundaries that had customarily distinguished war from violence.
Inspired by the commissioning and production of The Oxford Handbook of the Seven Years’ War, this conference welcomes scholars at all stages of their careers, and from all relevant disciplines, who are exploring war’s impact on the early Americas and the Atlantic world.
The conference will be held both in-person and by Zoom. Masks are required by participants attending in-person.