Eliga Gould

Phone: (603) 862-3012
Office: History, Horton Social Science Center Rm 419, Durham, NH 03824
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Eliga Gould’s scholarship focusses on the American Revolution, with an emphasis on the revolution’s “outer” history in the Americas, Africa, Europe, and the wider world. His current book project, CRUCIBLE OF PEACE: THE TURBULENT HISTORY OF AMERICA'S FOUNDING TREATY, 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.) In AMONG THE POWERS OF THE EARTH: THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION AND THE MAKING OF A NEW WORLD EMPIRE (Harvard, 2012), he explored the manifold ways in which the early 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, who highlighted the concept of treaty worthiness in an editorial on contemporary U.S. foreign policy. 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 UNH for excellence in teaching and research, Gould has held long-term fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays Program, the National Endowment for the Humanities (twice), and the Charles Warren Center at Harvard. Gould’s 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. He 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.


  • Ph.D., History, Johns Hopkins University
  • M.A., History Teacher Education, Johns Hopkins University
  • M.Sc., University of Edinburgh
  • A.B., Princeton University

Research Interests

  • American Revolution, especially its international history

Courses Taught

  • HIST 405: History of Early America
  • HIST 500: Intro to Historical Thinking
  • HIST 605/805: American Revolution 1750-1800
  • HIST 690/890: Explor/World of the Revolution
  • HIST 797: Coll/2nd Amendment&Am.
  • HIST 939: Readings Early American Hist
  • HIST 989: Research Sem Early Amer Hist
  • HIST 997: Dir Read/Early American Hist
  • HIST 999: Doctoral Research

Selected Publications

Gould, E. (2017). Independence and Interdependence: The American Revolution and the Problem of Postcolonial Nationhood, circa 1802. WILLIAM AND MARY QUARTERLY, 74(4), 729-752. doi:10.5309/willmaryquar.74.4.0729

Gould, E. H., & Onuf, P. S. (2015). Empire and Nation The American Revolution in the Atlantic World. JHU Press.

Gould, E. H. (2012). Among the Powers of the Earth. Harvard University Press.

Gould, E. H. (2011). The Persistence of Empire British Political Culture in the Age of the American Revolution. UNC Press Books.

Gould, E. H. (2007). Entangled histories, entangled worlds: The English-speaking Atlantic as a Spanish periphery. AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW, 112(3), 764-786. doi:10.1086/ahr.112.3.764

Gould, E. H. (2003). Zones of law, zones of violence: The legal geography of the British Atlantic, circa 1772. WILLIAM AND MARY QUARTERLY, 60(3), 471-510. doi:10.2307/3491549

Gould, E. H. (1999). A virtual nation: Greater Britain and the imperial legacy of the American revolution. AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW, 104(2), 476-489. doi:10.2307/2650376

Gould, E. H. (1997). American independence and Britain's counter-revolution. PAST & PRESENT, (154), 107-141. Retrieved from https://www.webofscience.com/