Richard Byington

Associate Professor of Instruction

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Ph.D., Florida State University, 2015


Human interaction in the Atlantic world is the foundation of my research, writing, and teaching. I consider myself a nautical or maritime historian. The Atlantic Ocean serves as a conduit for looking at the many interpersonal layers associated with the four continents that border the Atlantic Ocean. The interaction between the state and the correlating peripheral actors – or borderland studies – is a wonderful lens in which to view international, national, and regional histories. The path from mercantilism to capitalism is a methodology that I like to follow in many of my classes at USF. This socioeconomic transition from the early modern Atlantic world to the modern offers a unique and exciting way to look at the interconnectedness and often destructiveness that were integral parts in empire building, colonialism, and de-colonialism in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries.