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  • History
  • School

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Expertise

  • Early America
  • Early-modern North Atlantic world
  • Ireland and Scotland
  • Sam Fisher's research interests lie at the intersection of early American and early modern British and Irish history. His current project, Fit Instruments: Gaels, Indians, and the Diverse Origins of Imperial Reform and Revolution, offers a new explanation of the origins of the American Revolution. The project draws on Irish- and Scots-Gaelic language and Native American sources to show how colonized peoples tried to reshape empires in their own image, and how their partial success convinced American colonists to leave the British empire. He is also in the early stages of a comparative study of "savage" rebellions in the British Atlantic world.

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    Selected Publications

    Samuel Fisher, “Fit Instruments in a Howling Wilderness: Colonists, Indians, and the Origins of the American Revolution”, The William and Mary Quarterly Vol. 73, No. 4 (October 2016), pp. 647-680