Jonathan Eacott joined the Department of History faculty in 2008 after earning his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He also holds an M.A. in British History from Queen's University, Kingston and a joint B.A. in History and International Development Studies from McGill University, Montreal. Eacott's research focuses on the British and their empire from the eighteenth century to the present. His first book, Selling Empire: India in the Making of Britain and America, 1600-1830 demonstrates the centrality of India--both as an idea and a place--to the making of a global British imperial system. Selling Empire links four continents over three centuries to offer a new approach to the empire by revealing the importance of regions not under official imperial rule, including pre-conquest India and the post-independence United States, to imperial thinking and the exercise of British power. In the seventeenth century, Britain was economically, politically, and militarily weaker than India, but Britons increasingly made use of India’s strengths to build their own empire in both America and Asia. From the seventeenth century into the nineteenth century and beyond, the evolving imperial networks, ideas, and fashions that bound India, Britain, Africa, and America shaped persisting global structures of economic and cultural interdependence.
Eacott’s work has also appeared in several edited volumes, Quaderni Storici, and the William and Mary Quarterly.