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Eliga Gould
University of New Hampshire, Durham (Durham, NH 03824-2620)
Zones of Law, Zones of Violence: Britain, America, and the Legal Geography of the Revolutionary Atlantic

ZONES OF LAW, ZONES OF VIOLENCE examines the American Revolution's impact on the English-speaking Atlantic's "legal geography" between 1750 and 1815. It seeks to explain the shift in American and British perceptions of the extra-European Atlantic from a chaotic, stateless region "beyond the line" -- subject to its own brutal laws and customs -- to a place where Europeans (metropolitan as well as creole) and indigenous peoples could be expected to abide by the legal norms of Western Europe. Among the topics covered are American and British relations with indigenous groups in Africa, North America, and the West Indies; the abolition of the Atlantic slave trade; and the Revolution's impact on Anglo-American conceptions of international law.

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Project fields:
U.S. History

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2006 – 7/31/2007