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I’m happy to announce two books coming out in 2020. One is an edited collection to which I have contributed a chapter, and the other is my first monograph.
The edited collection is called Cultural Economies of the Atlantic World: Objects and Capital in the Transatlantic Imagination, edited by Victoria Barnett-Woods, to be published by Routledge at the end of April. My chapter is titled “Conveyance and Commodity: The Ordinary Merchant Ship in the British Atlantic, 1600—1800.”
“Cultural Economies explores the dynamic intersection of material culture and transatlantic formations of “capital” in the long-eighteenth century. It brings together two cutting-edge fields of inquiry—Material Studies and Atlantic Studies—into a generative collection of essays that investigate nuanced ways that capital, material culture, and differing transatlantic ideologies intersected. It is an ambitious and provocative work and provides new interpretive critiques and methodological approaches to understanding both the material and the abstract relationships between humans and objects, including the objectification of humans, into the larger current conversation about capitalism and inevitably, power, in the Atlantic world. Chronologically bracketed by events in the long-eighteenth century circumatlantic, this collection’s essays employ material case studies from littoral African states, to abolitionist North America, to Caribbean slavery, to medicinal practice in South America, providing both broad coverage and nuanced interpretation. Holistically, Cultural Economies demonstrates that the eighteenth-century Atlantic world of capital and materiality was intimately connected to both large and small networks that inform the hemispheric and transatlantic geopolitics of capital and nation of the present day.”
The publisher’s page for the upcoming volume, including Table of Contents, may be accessed here. (Link will open in a new window.)
My first monograph, The Merchant Ship in the British Atlantic, 1600–1800: Continuity and Innovation in a Key Technology, will be published by Brill in May, as a volume in their Technology and Change in History series, edited by Adam Lucas and Steven A. Walton.
The publisher’s page for the series may be accessed here. (Link will open in a new window.) Please note that as of 6 January, we are too early in the process for this volume to have appeared on the page. The 17 previous volumes, however, offer a wealth of study on compelling topics in the history of technology around the world before our own era–and that is a real gift, considering that the field has tended to concentrate on the more recent past. I encourage anyone interested to browse the titles.
Meanwhile, I continue to work on monograph #2, A Boston Schooner in the Royal Navy: From Commerce to Conflict in Maritime British America, 1768–1772. I have completed the first phase of archival work and about 2/3 or so of the secondary-source reading. I’m awaiting word on two more grants that would fund the rest of the research, and will be applying for more this cycle.
The following two articles are available on-line using the following links. (Links will open in a new window.)
“The Ordinary Merchant Ship in the British Atlantic, 1600—1800: A Call for Further Research,” International Journal of Maritime History 29:4 (November 2017), 911–26.
“Something Ventured: The Ordinary Merchantman of the British Atlantic as a Technology of Risk Mitigation, 1600-1800,” Journal of Transport History 38:2 (December 2017), 196–212.