Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire

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In this reappraisal of the American Revolution, Eliga Gould argues that the nation’s founding was far from a straightforward bid for liberty and independence. Even as Americans strove to be free from Old World imperialism, they sought the recognition of Europe’s imperial powers–and the authority to become colonizers in their own right and rule a New World empire.

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    Worthwhile book, July 7, 2012
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    This review is from: Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire (Hardcover)

    This a great book, albeit very much aimed at the academy. The central premise is that the American Revolution, in so much as how it was carried out from a geopolitical view, was driven by an American desire to be admitted into the community of European nations. Over the next generation, Americans worked hard to prove their legitimacy as a treaty-worthy European nation. This shaped their attitudes towards their neighbors and to slavery,

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    1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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    For the history buff, June 6, 2012
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    This review is from: Among the Powers of the Earth: The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire (Hardcover)

    Gould makes the case that the Declaration of Independence and many of the other founding documents from the American Revolutionary period demonstrate that what Americans actually sought was independence under the law of nations, rather than some sort of complete freedom from external obligations. Overall good book for those interested in history

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