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New Collaborations, New Perspectives, New Questions: Sweden and the Modern Atlantic World

Author(s): Lu Ann De Cunzo ; Jonas Nordin

Year: 2014

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In 1987, symposium participants invoked world systems theory in defining ‘Questions that Count.’ They encouraged us to examine the development of European imperialist hegemony, New World colonialism, capitalism, slavery and disenfranchisement, and environmental degradation, all familiar topics in Atlantic World scholarship today. Cross-cultural, comparative approaches were advocated. Having established this global agenda, most participants turned to methods of implementing it. In practice, the birth of the Atlantic world has been approached until recently as an English-American history supported by Spain, France and the Netherlands. Minor agents such as Portugal, Sweden, or Denmark are seldom acknowledged, and their role in early modern globalization is understudied. In the mid-17th-century, Sweden had an expansive colonial project in North America (New Sweden), trade posts on the African Gold Coast (Cabo Corso) and a colonial agenda in Sápmi (Lapland). This paper discusses these three aspects of the early Atlantic World and its role in the foundation of a modern America and a modern Europe.

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New Collaborations, New Perspectives, New Questions: Sweden and the Modern Atlantic World. Lu Ann De Cunzo, Jonas Nordin. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436618)

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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America