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Rethinking Atlantic Empire
Christopher Schmidt-Nowara’s Histories of Nineteenth-Century Spain and the Antilles
Edited by Scott Eastman and Stephen Jacobson
254 pages, 12 illus., bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-80073-120-2 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (June 2021)
eISBN 978-1-80073-121-9 eBook
“Overall, Eastman and Jacobson have organized a powerful reminder of Schmidt-Nowara’s titanic contribution to Spanish imperial and Atlantic histories. The contributors write with great emotion, leading to compelling narratives and insightful arguments. This is a volume that should be read widely both for its synthetic treatment of Schmidt-Nowara’s work and as a blueprint for how historiographical ideas can shape disciplines and scholarship beyond their own fields.” • Hispanic American Historical Review
“The volume is well-thought out and expertly organized. It serves its purpose as a call for all historians, regardless of field, to remember Christopher’s many influences and to ecalibrate our approaches to history. Those who read this homage are left with a sense of awe and amazement at a scholar and a man who was a trailblazer in every respect.” • H-Net Reviews
“Rethinking Atlantic Empire is well conceptualized, organized, and written, with chapters that are exceptionally accessible and clear.” • Tamar Herzog, Harvard University
“This is a fine, well-balanced book that provides an excellent synopsis of Chris Schmidt-Nowara’s academic work and career, its legacy, and the personal and professional impact he and his work had on a generation of scholars in and around his field.” • David Ortiz, Jr, University of Arizona
In recent years, the historiography of nineteenth-century Spain and Latin America has been invigorated by interdisciplinary engagement with scholars working on topics such as empire, slavery, abolition, race, identity, and captivity. No scholar better exemplified these developments than Christopher Schmidt-Nowara, a specialist on Spain and its Caribbean colonies in Cuba and Puerto Rico. A brilliant career was cut short in 2015 when he died at the age of 48. Rethinking Atlantic Empire takes Schmidt-Nowara’s work as a point of departure, charting scholarly paths that move past reductive national narratives and embrace transnational approaches to the entangled empires of the Atlantic world.
Scott Eastman is the author of Preaching Spanish Nationalism across the Hispanic Atlantic, 1759-1823 (LSU Press, 2012). A member of the Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies since 2003, he served as president of the organization from 2018-2020. He is co-editor of Berghahn’s series Studies in Latin American and Spanish History.
Stephen Jacobson is Associate Professor in Modern History, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain, and former director of the Institut Universitari d’Història Jaume Vicens Vives. He is the co-editor of Endless Empire: Spain’s Retreat, Europe’s Eclipse, America’s Decline (University of Wisconsin Press, 2012).
Subject: History: 18th/19th CenturyColonial History
Area: Southern Europe
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