Dr Charles W. A. Prior

Academia Profile

University of Hull profile. 

I am a historian of political thought, and am interested in the ways in which diplomatic texts and encounters in early America served as places for the discussion and formation of sovereignty. These themes are the basis of a Leverhulme Trust funded book project, Imperial Colonies: War, Peace and the Powers of States in Early America. It offers a sustained analysis of treaties and laws that structured the relationship between settlers and Indians in the American east, and places a contest over sovereignty – among Native Americans, colonial governments, the Crown, and settlers – at the centre of an analysis of ideas of power. A second project, Settlers in Indian Country: Sovereignty and Indigenous Power in Early America, is under contract with Cambridge University Press.

‘Beyond Settler Colonialism: State Sovereignty in Early America’. Journal of Early American History 9 n. 2&3 (2019), 93-117.

‘Settlers Among Empires: Conquest and the American Revolution’, in Remembering Early Modern Revolutions: England, North America, France and Haiti, Edward Vallance (Routledge, 2018), 79-93.