Final Examination

For the final examination, you will write a paper that addresses one of the following two questions:

1. Are there enough essential similarities among the various networks and empires to talk about a single Atlantic world as it relates to economic life? If not, what are the dividing lines? What makes them unique?

2. In an essay in the William and Mary Quarterly, Peter Coclanis has argued that adhering to an Atlantic history paradigm “artificially limits the field of vision of its devotees, often blinding them to processes, developments, and conditions of central importance to understanding their figurative little corner of the world.”[1] Evaluate his argument based on your reading of the historians we have studied this semester, with particular attention to the ways in which they have addressed economic history.


  1. It is due on the date and time assigned by the Registrar for the final exam, Wednesday, December 17 by 2:30pm. No late papers will be accepted, and no extensions will be granted.
  2. The paper should be approximately 1,500-2,000 words, plus notes.
  3. Refer to readings from at least five different weeks of the course.
  4. Do not consult sources from outside the course.
  5. Use the Chicago Manual of Style for citations, table, charts, and figures.
  6. As with other assignments, you must complete this work on your own so that it reflects your thinking and effort. You may ask someone to proofread your paper.

[1] Peter Coclanis, “Atlantic World or Atlantic/World?” William and Mary Quarterly, 3rd ser., v. 63, no. 4 (2006): 726.

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