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Conquest and the ‘Right to Hold’: Territorial Sovereignty and the American Revolution

People Involved

Dr Charles Prior

Dr Charles Prior
Head of the School of Humanities & Reader in History

Project Description

Historians hold these truths to be self-evident: that the ideological origins of the American Revolution lie in arguments about political rights, which were conducted exclusively within English and European frameworks of political ideas. This project takes a different approach, and situates conflict over land at the centre of a contest between settlers, Indians, colonial governors and the Crown. Offering the first sustained analysis of treaties and laws that structured the relationship between settlers and Indians, it recovers a long history of ‘conquest’ that Thomas Jefferson defended as the basis of ‘the right to hold’ and rule territory.

Type of Project Project
Project Acronym CRTH
Status Project Complete
Funder(s) The Leverhulme Trust
Value £35,941.00
Project Dates Oct 1, 2017 - Dec 31, 2018

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