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The Globalized Periphery: Atlantic Commerce, Socioeconomic and Cultural Change in Central Europe (1680-1850)

Conference: Globalized Peripheries 2018

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New Approaches to the Atlantic World 1680-1850

The field of Atlantic History still suffers from notable blind spots. While the western and northern European “seaborne empires” have been thoroughly investigated as the initiators and the driving force behind European expansion, the “peripheries” of the Atlantic world remain little researched and inadequately integrated into this narrative. Amongst other things, the dominant historiographical narrative reinforces ideas of western “development” and eastern “backwardness”. At this conference, we will approach the Atlantic World from its presumed “peripheries,” in order to challenge this view.

The conference marks the end of a research project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) from January 2015 to December 2017 entitled “The Globalized Periphery: Atlantic Commerce, Socioeconomic and Cultural Change in Central Europe (1680-1850)”, placed at the European-University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. It will take place in Frankfurt (Oder), on the German-Polish border, reinforcing one of the leading ideas of the University – and the research project – of bridging the East-West divide within Europe. The conference is not, however, restricted to a Central and Eastern European perspective, but invites proposals concerned with any and all perceived or actual peripheries of the early modern world economy.

To find out more, read our CFP. The CFP is open until October 15th, 2017.

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