A War of Frontier and Empire

A War of Frontier and Empire

The Philippine-American War, 1899-1902

Book - 2007
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It has been termed an insurgency, a revolution, a guerrilla war, and a conventional war. As David J. Silbey demonstrates in this taut, compelling history, the 1899 Philippine-American War was in fact all of these. Played out over three distinct conflicts - one fought between the Spanish and the allied United States and Filipino forces; one fought between the United States and the Philippine Army of Liberation; and one fought between occupying American troops and an insurgent alliance of often divided Filipinos - the war marked America's first steps as a global power and produced a wealth of lessons learned and forgotten. In A War of Frontier and Empire , Silbey traces the rise and fall of President Emilio Aguinaldo, as Aguinaldo tries to liberate the Philippines from colonial rule only to fail, devastatingly, before a relentless American army. He tracks President McKinley's decision to commit troops and fulfill a divinely inspired injunction to "uplift and civilize" despite the protests of many Americans. Most important, Silbey provides a clear lens to view the Philippines as, in the crucible of war, it transforms itself from a territory divided by race, ethnicity, and warring clans into a cohesive nation on the path to independence.
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780809071876
0809071878
Branch Call Number: 959.9031
Characteristics: xvi, 254 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 22 cm.

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