Old World, New World: America and Europe in the Age of Jefferson grew out of workshops in Salzburg and Charlottesville sponsored by Monticello’s International Center for Jefferson Studies, and revisits a question of long-standing interest to American historians: the nature of the relationship between America and Europe during the Age of Revolution. Study of the American-European relationship in recent years has been moved forward by the notion of Atlantic history and the study of the Atlantic world. The present volume makes a fresh contribution by refocusing attention on the question of the interdependence of Europe and America.
Old World, New World addresses topics that are timely, given contemporary public events, but that are also of interest to early modern and modern historians. By turning attention from the Atlantic World in general to the relationship between America and Europe, as well as using Thomas Jefferson as a lens to examine this relationship, this book carves out its own niche in the history of the Atlantic world in the age of revolution.
This is an impressive volume of essays that explores the contested relationship of Europe and America during the Revolutionary and post-Revolutionary era. Diplomacy and politics form the kernel of the collection, but environmental history, the history of letters, agricultural history, art history, and women’s history are also included. The common thread is, of course, Jefferson, and the people who surround him. His world is richly illumined by this study.
Leonard J. Sadosky is Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Iowa State University. Peter Nicolaisen is Professor of English (retired) at the University of Flensburg, Germany. Peter S. Onuf is Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor in the Department of History at the University of Virginia. Andrew J. O'Shaughnessy is Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.