Crossing Empires: Taking U.S. History into Transimperial Terrain

Kristin Lee Hoganson (Editor), Jay Sexton (Editor)

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Weaving U.S. history into the larger fabric of world history, the contributors to Crossing Empires de-exceptionalize the American empire, placing it in a global transimperial context. They draw attention to the breadth of U.S. entanglements with other empires to illuminate the scope and nature of American global power as it reached from the Bering Sea to Australia and East Africa to the Caribbean. With case studies ranging from the 1830s to the late twentieth century, the contributors address topics including diplomacy, governance, anticolonialism, labor, immigration, medicine, religion, and race. Their transimperial approach—whether exemplified in examinations of U.S. steel corporations partnering with British imperialists to build the Ugandan railway or the U.S. reliance on other empires in its governance of the Philippines—transcends histories of interimperial rivalries and conflicts. In so doing, the contributors illuminate the power dynamics of seemingly transnational histories and the imperial origins of contemporary globality.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherDuke University Press
Number of pages360
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4780-0743-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-4780-0694-7, 978-1-4780-0603-9
StatePublished - Jan 3 2020

Publication series

NameAmerican Encounters/Global Interactions


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