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A Post-Exceptionalist Perspective on Early American History

American Wests, Global Wests, and Indian Wars


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

  1. 1.Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA

About the authors

Carroll P. Kakel III (“Pete”) is a research historian and a lecturer at The Johns Hopkins University, USA.

Bibliographic information


“This is a valuable piece of literature that could promote stimulating discussions in undergraduate and graduate courses alike. … this book makes for especially interesting reading at a time when US legislators are pushing for recognition of the Armenian genocide and criticizing the Chinese government’s well- documented violations of human rights among its Uyghur population.” (Andrew A. Szarejko, American Indian Quarterly, Vol. 44 (3), 2020)