This course introduces graduate students in all fields to the history of the Atlantic world from roughly the fifteenth through the nineteenth century. The course will explore questions of historical interpretation as well as method and theory. It is designed to challenge students' assumptions about the traditional construction of the Atlantic world and undermine theological and top-down narratives about nation states and empires. Graduate students in other departments will find the seminar a useful addition to their primary academic fields. Motivated undergraduate students are welcome to join the seminar with permission of the professor. ABD's and those writing research papers are welcome to participate in the colloquium as a paper-writing workshop. Other students will produce a literature review on a topic of their own choosing.