by Geoffrey Plank

In a sweeping account, Atlantic Wars explores how warfare shaped the experiences of the peoples living in the watershed of the Atlantic Ocean between the late Middle Ages and the Age of Revolution. At the beginning of that period, combat within Europe secured for the early colonial powers the resources and political stability they needed to venture across the sea. By the early nineteenth century, descendants of the Europeans had achieved military supremacy on land but revolutionaries had challenged the norms of Atlantic warfare.

Nearly everywhere they went, imperial soldiers, missionaries, colonial settlers, and traveling merchants sought local allies, and consequently they often incorporated themselves into African and indigenous North and South American diplomatic, military, and commercial networks. The newcomers and the peoples they encountered struggled to understand each other, find common interests, and exploit the opportunities that arose with the expansion of transatlantic commerce.

Interview with the Author

New Books Network
Geoffrey Plank, “Atlantic Wars: From the Fifteenth Century to the Age of Revolution” (Oxford UP, 2020)
9/29/20        27 min


Military History Inside Out
Geoffrey Plank interview about his 15th to 19th centuries military history book “Atlantic Wars” (Oxford University Press, 2020)
8/21/20       60 min


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