1st Edition

The American West and the World Transnational and Comparative Perspectives

By Janne Lahti Copyright 2019
    198 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    198 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.


    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




    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.