Among the powers of the earth the american revolution and the making of a new world empire eliga h gould on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers shear book prize society for historians of the early american republic george washington book prize finalist a library journal best book of the year what does it mean to be a treaty . For most americans the revolutions main achievement is summed up by the phrase life liberty and the pursuit of happiness yet far from a straightforward attempt to be free of old world laws and customs the american founding was also a bid for inclusion in the community of nations as it existed in 1776. Among the powers of the earth makes a notable and original contribution to our understanding of the american revolution the british empire the history of slavery and anti slavery and international relations it will become a landmark in the field. Thomas paine believed that revolutionary america could remake the world in among the powers of the earth the american revolution and the making of a new world empire eliga h gould disagreesremaking the world was not on the agenda in a thematic study of revolutionary diplomacy gould argues that americans knew that their survival as a nation depended on conformity to the diplomatic rules . Among the powers of the earth the american revolution and the making of a new world empire among the powers of the earth examines this double sided engagement with the law of nations by tracing the question of americas legal and political standing through a series of historical moments and issues among the many topics that gould
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