International relations have long impacted the course of US history

In new book, University of New Hampshire history professor Eliga H. Gould examines how international relations impacted the United States in its infancy as a nation.

In its review of “Among the Powers of the Earth,” the Wall Street Journal notes that he “rightly emphasizes the importance of law—both national and international—to sovereignty,” arguing that “‘the drive to be accepted as a treaty-worthy nation in Europe’ shaped the early Republic at least as much as republican ideals. The United States accepted the norms of international treaties and diplomatic custom—the obligation to respect the persons and property of foreign subjects, for instance, or to exercise military force within the emerging laws of war.”


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