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Volume XLIII, Number 2 Summer/Autumn - Été/Automne (2014)

Atlantic Canada in an Atlantic World? Northeastern North America in the Long 18th Century

February 13, 2015


This article discusses recent studies of early modern northeastern North America and broader trends in Atlantic world, British imperial, and Canadian history. It explores the transformation of northeastern North America during the 18th century, and suggests that the conflicts that started in 1744 (what I call the “Forty Years’ War”) were a crucible in regional history. It suggests that the histories of the territories that became Atlantic Canada share distinguishing features that differ from the dominant patterns in early American history. And it argues that we should be wary of analytical frameworks that deride regional history and privilege transnational perspectives.