A.B., Princeton University, 1983
M.Sc., University of Edinburgh, 1987
M.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1988
Ph.D., ibid., 1993
HIST 405: History of Early America
HIST 605/805: Revolutionary America
HIST 797: Senior Colloquium (Anglo-American Right to Bear Arms)
HIST 939: Graduate Readings in Early American History
HIST 949: Graduate Colloquium on the World of the American Revolution
HIST 949: Graduate Colloquium on the British Atlantic, 1500-1800
HIST 989: Graduate Research Seminar in Early American History
American Revolution, especially its international history
Eliga Gould is professor of history and chair of the History Department. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on the history of early America, especially the American Revolution. He also offers classes in Atlantic history, the history of European expansion, and the Anglo-American right to bear arms.
The main focus of Professor Gould’s scholarship is the American Revolution, with an emphasis on the revolution’s “outer” history in the Americas, Africa, Europe, and the wider world. In Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire (Harvard, 2012), he explored the ways in which the American republic’s quest to be accepted as a “treaty worthy” nation by Europe’s colonial powers shaped American thinking about an array of issues, including federalism, Native American treaty rights, and the abolition of slavery. The book has been widely praised, including on the Wall Street Journal’s op-ed page and by Noam Chomsky. Named a Library Journal Best Book of the Year, Among the Powers received the SHEAR Book Prize from the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic and was a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize. A Japanese translation was published in 2016.
In addition to being recognized at New Hampshire for excellence in teaching and research, Professor Gould has held long-term fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays Program, the National Endowment for the Humanities (twice), and the Charles Warren Center at Harvard. His other publications include The Persistence of Empire: British Political Culture in the Age of the American Revolution (University of North Carolina, 2000), winner of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture’s Jamestown Prize, Empire and Nation: The American Revolution in the Atlantic World, co-edited with Peter S. Onuf (Johns Hopkins, 2005), and numerous articles, book chapters, and review essays. Professor Gould did his undergraduate education at Princeton University, followed by graduate work at the University of Edinburgh and Johns Hopkins University, where he earned his PhD.
Professor Gould’s current book project, Crucible of Peace: 1783 and the Founding of the American Republic, examines the least studied of the United States’ founding documents: the Treaty of 1783 that ended the American Revolutionary War. (A discussion of the book is available on iTunes.)
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