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.
Professor Plank came to the University of East Anglia in September 2010. Prior to that he taught at the University of Cincinnati.
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)
Peace, Imperial War, and Revolution in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World,
in The Specter of Peace: Rethinking Violence and Power in the Colonial Atlantic.
pp. 134-156Full Text UEA Repository
John Woolman and Land,
in Quakers, Politics, and Economics.
Friends Association for Higher Education
ISBN 978-0998337487UEA Repository
Quakers as Political Players in Early America,
in The William and Mary Quarterly
pp. 35-42UEA Repository
Thomas Tryon, Sheep and the Politics of Eden,
in Cultural and Social History
pp. 565-581Full Text UEA Repository
Anthony Benezet, John Woolman and Praise,
in The Atlantic World of Anthony Benezet (1713-1784) : From French Reformation to North American Quaker Antislavery Activism.
ISBN 9789004315648Full Text UEA Repository
Discipline and divinity: Colonial Quakerism, Christianity, and "Heathenism" in the Seventeeth Century,
in Church History
pp. 502-528Full Text UEA Repository
A Medieval Response to a Wilderness Need: Anglicizing Warfare in Colonial America,
in Anglicizing America: Empire, Revolution, Republic .
University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN 978-0-8122-4698-8UEA Repository
Sarah Woolman and the Anti-Slavery Family,
in Quakers and their Allies in the Abolitionist Caust, 1754-1808.
ISBN 9781848935419UEA Repository
War and Warfare in the Atlantic World,
in The Atlantic World.
ISBN 0415467047, 978-0-415-46704-9Full Text UEA Repository
Protestantism in a Multi-cultural Early America,
in Historical Journal
pp. 571-592UEA Repository
Quakers and Abolition,
University of Illinois Press
ISBN 978-0-252-03826-6UEA Repository
Quaker Reform and Evangelization in the Eighteenth Century,
in Amerikastudien / American Studies
Making Gibraltar British in the eighteenth century,
pp. 346-369Full Text UEA Repository
John Woolman's Path to the Peaceable Kingdom: A Quaker in the British Empire,
University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN 978-0-8122-4405-2Full Text UEA Repository
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. 221-250UEA Repository
The First Person in Antislavery Literature: John Woolman, his Clothes and his Journal,
in Slavery and Abolition
pp. 67-91UEA Repository
Sailing with John Woolman: The Millennium and Maritime Trade,
in Early American Studies
pp. 46-81UEA Repository
Key Research Interests
The expansion of the British Empire in the Caribbean and North America
Warfare in the Atlantic World
Professor Plank is happy to consider dissertation proposals in his main research areas.