Workshop at University of Texas at Austin, Nov 21-22, 2014.
The emphasis of this volume is to explore the ways in which ideas, commodities, and peoples circulated across the formal boundaries of empires and nations. The flows moved in both directions and changed over time, forming the connective tissue between peoples and spaces across the Atlantic world. In the sixteenth century, Spain and Portugal clearly served as a model (and counter-model) to the English (and British) on how to go about establishing colonies in the New World and Africa. By the eighteenth century, however, it was Spain and Portugal that aspired to imitate the British. Or so goes the consensus. But was the matter so simple? This conference asks how Spain, Britain, and Portugal shaped one another throughout the entire period, from the sixteenth through the nineteenth centuries. Beyond knowledge production, the economies of these empires were interconnected from the very outset, through smuggling, piracy, and the slave trade. Entanglement was not merely a process driving events on the periphery. The cores of European empires were as entangled as any space in an American borderland. It is the purpose of this workshop to view these societies within a single unit of analysis—not comparatively.
Friday, November 21, 2014 - 08:00 to Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 16:45
University of Texas at Austin