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Games, Alison

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Alison Frazier Games, born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, in 1963. Ph.D. from University of Pennsylvania. Dorothy M. Brown Distinguished Professor of History at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Fellow (1 February 2013 – 30 June 2013)

Beyond Butterbox and Tailman: Anglo-Dutch Relations in the Seventeenth Century World

I am writing a book that examines Anglo-Dutch relations around the world over the course of the seventeenth century, from the years when the English supported the Dutch in their revolt against the Habsburgs to the accession of William of Orange to the throne of England. I am especially interested in English and Dutch interactions beyond Europe. The book explores places where the English and Dutch traded, settled, cooperated, and competed in close proximity, including the spice islands of the East Indies, the trading forts of West Africa, the mid-Atlantic region of North America, and the "wild coast" of South America. At NIAS, I hope to research and draft sections of my book that directly engage the theme of my cluster, Dutch Atlantic Connections, and will focus specifically on English and Dutch interactions in Surinam/Suriname during the conflicts and upheavals of the 1660s and 1670s.

Selected Publications

Witchcraft in Early North America. New York: Rowman and Littlefield (American Controversies Series), 2010.

The Web of Empire: English Cosmopolitans in an Age of Expansion, 1560-1660. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008.

Migration and the Origins of the English Atlantic World. Cambridge and London: Harvard University Press (Harvard Historical Studies, 133), 1999.

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