1st Edition

The American West and the World
Transnational and Comparative Perspectives

ISBN 9781138187344
Published September 21, 2018 by Routledge
198 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

USD $44.95

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Book Description

The American West and the World provides a synthetic introduction to the transnational history of the American West. Drawing from the insights of recent scholarship, Janne Lahti recenters the history of the U.S. West in the global contexts of empires and settler colonialism, discussing exploration, expansion, migration, violence, intimacies, and ideas. Lahti examines established subfields of Western scholarship, such as borderlands studies and transnational histories of empire, as well as relatively unexplored connections between the West and geographically nonadjacent spaces. Lucid and incisive, The American West and the World firmly situates the historical West in its proper global context.

Table of Contents


Introduction: The American West as Global History

Part I Global Convergences

  1. Shared Worlds
  2. Settler Revolutions
  3. Part II Global Circulations

  4. Violence
  5. Intimacies of Empires
  6. Imperial Eyes



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Janne Lahti is Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Helsinki, Finland, and the editor of American Studies in Scandinavia.


"The American West and the World is a smart, well-written, nicely structured, innovative, insightful, and thoroughly engaging synthesis of a generation of recent scholarship that globally contextualizes the American western past."

David Wrobel, Professor of History, University of Oklahoma, U.S.A.