A Post-Exceptionalist Perspective on Early American History

American Wests, Global Wests, and Indian Wars

  • Carroll P. Kakel III

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Carroll P. Kakel III
    Pages 1-10
  3. Carroll P. Kakel III
    Pages 11-27
  4. Carroll P. Kakel III
    Pages 99-105
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 107-138

About this book


Challenging the still widely held notion that American history is somehow exceptional or unique, this book argues that early America is best understood as a settler-colonial supplanting society. As Kakel shows, this society undertook the violent theft of Indigenous land and resources on a massive scale, and was driven by a logic of elimination and a genocidal imperative to rid the new white settler living space of its existing Indigenous inhabitants.


American exceptionalism national history Early American history history of Western civilization American West Genocide in Early America American Indian wars American Indian history Native American history supplanting society American frontier trans-Appalachian West settler colonialism Japanese empire German empire French and Indian War

Authors and affiliations

  • Carroll P. Kakel III
    • 1
  1. 1.Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-21304-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-21305-3
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