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Empire at the Periphery
Empire at the Periphery
British Colonists, Anglo-Dutch Trade, and the Development of the British Atlantic, 1621-1713
By Christian J. Koot

From The NYU Press
Throughout history the British Atlantic has often been depicted as a series of well-ordered colonial ports that functioned as nodes of Atlantic shipping, where orderliness reflected the effectiveness of the regulatory apparatus constructed to contain Atlantic commerce.  More >>

Early American Places Featured Title
Everyday Life in the Early English Caribbean
Everyday Life in the Early English Caribbean
Irish, Africans, and the Construction of Difference
By Jenny Shaw

From The University of Georgia Press

“A nuanced and fascinating account of how Irish Catholics shaped the emergence of racial hierarchy in the English Caribbean. With meticulous attention to the constraints and possibilities of everyday life, Shaw explores the way that early settlers marked and ranked social difference, finding that status distinctions were surprisingly malleable, even in a society overwhelmingly organized by slavery and race. Offering close readings of fresh sources, this is both an important study and an impressive feat of the informed imagination.”

—Vincent Brown, author of The Reaper’s Garden: Death and Power in the World of Atlantic Slavery

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"The Early American Places series is an exciting development in scholarly publishing, one that will highlight the most important part of the study of history: the local and particular dimensions of global issues and trends. This is where the rubber meets the road, where ordinary people's lives help to make, and are made by, the bustling wider world in which they live. Early American Places is an original series, and it will publish important scholarship."

— Stephanie M. H. Camp, University of Washington