Biography

Geoffrey Plank’s research examines early modern debates over conquest, settlement, warfare and slavery in the context of transatlantic imperialism.  He is interested in the ways in which the European colonization of the Americas affected ordinary lives, and he has studied a variety of groups including French- and English-speaking colonists, Scottish Highlanders, Quakers and Native Americans.  His current work explores the role of warfare in the creation of the Atlantic World.

Career History

Professor Plank came to the University of East Anglia in September 2010.  Prior to that he taught at the University of Cincinnati.

Academic Background

B.A. English; Swarthmore College (1980)

J.D. Law; University of Connecticut (1984)

M.A. History; University of Wisconsin (1990)

Ph.D. History; Princeton University (1994)

All Publications

Plank, G.

(2017)

Quakers as Political Players in Early America,

in The William and Mary Quarterly

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(1)

pp. 35-42

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Plank, G.

(2016)

Anthony Benezet, John Woolman and Praise,

in The Atlantic World of Anthony Benezet (1713-1784) : From French Reformation to North American Quaker Antislavery Activism.

Brill, Leiden

pp. 91-105

ISBN 9789004315648

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Plank, G.

(2016)

Discipline and divinity: Colonial Quakerism, Christianity, and "Heathenism" in the Seventeeth Century,

in Church History

85

(3)

pp. 502-528

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Plank, G.

(2015)

A Medieval Response to a Wilderness Need: Anglicizing Warfare in Colonial America,

in Anglicizing America: Empire, Revolution, Republic .

University of Pennsylvania Press

pp. 109-124

ISBN 978-0-8122-4698-8

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Plank, G.

(2015)

Sarah Woolman and the Anti-Slavery Family,

in Quakers and their Allies in the Abolitionist Caust, 1754-1808.

Routledge

pp. 29-38

ISBN 9781848935419

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Plank, G.

(2014)

Protestantism in a Multi-cultural Early America,

in Historical Journal

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(2)

pp. 571-592

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Plank, G.

(2014)

Quakers and Abolition,

University of Illinois Press

ISBN 978-0-252-03826-6

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Plank, G.

(2014)

War and Warfare in the Atlantic World,

in The Atlantic World.

Routledge

pp. 264-280

ISBN 0415467047, 978-0-415-46704-9

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Plank, G.

(2014)

Quaker Reform and Evangelization in the Eighteenth Century,

in Amerikastudien / American Studies

59

(2)

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Plank, G.

(2013)

Making Gibraltar British in the eighteenth century,

in History

98

(331)

pp. 346-369

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Plank, G.

(2012)

John Woolman's Path to the Peaceable Kingdom,

University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN 978-0-8122-4405-2

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Plank, G.

(2011)

Deploying Tribes and Clans: Mohawks in Nova Scotia and Scottish Highlanders in Georgia,

in Empires and Indigenes: Intercultural Alliance, Imperial Expansion and Warfare in the Early Modern World.

New York University Press

pp. 221-250

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Plank, G.

(2009)

The First Person in Antislavery Literature: John Woolman, his Clothes and his Journal,

in Slavery and Abolition

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pp. 67-91

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Plank, G.

(2009)

Sailing with John Woolman: The Millennium and Maritime Trade,

in Early American Studies

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pp. 46-81

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Key Research Interests

The expansion of the British Empire in the Caribbean and North America
Colonial Quakerism 
Warfare in the Atlantic World

Research supervision

Professor Plank is happy to consider dissertation proposals in his main research areas. 

Forthcoming Publications

Books: 

Journal articles: