"Benevolent Assimilation": The American Conquest of the Philippines, 1899-1903

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Yale University Press, 1984 M09 10 - 342 pages
"American acquisition of the Philippines in 1898 became a focal point for debate on American imperialism and the course the country was to take now that the Western frontier had been conquered. U.S. military leaders in Manila, unequipped to understand the aspirations of the native revolutionary movement, failed to respond to Filipino overtures of accommodation and provoked a war with the revolutionary army. Back home, an impressive opposition to the war developed on largely ideological grounds, but in the end it was the interminable and increasingly bloody guerrilla warfare that disillusioned America in its imperialistic venture. This book presents a searching exploration of the history of America's reactions to Asian people, politics, and wars of independence." -- Book Jacket

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Déjà vu. The United States of America finds itself as the occupying power in a foreign land. While the inhabitants are initially very well disposed toward the Americans as their liberators, things ... Read full review

Contents

American Imperialism Aberration or Historical Continuity?
1
Enter the Philippines
13
The Soldier as Diplomat
31
The Dividends of Brinkmanship
57
The General as Warrior
67
The Generals Last Campaign
91
The American Opposition Organizes
104
Armageddon 1900
129
The Soldier and the War
176
Injun Warfare under Chaffee and Roosevelt
196
The Last Campaign Samar Challenges American Innocence
219
The Triumph of American Innocence
253
The Gook and Gugu Analogy
268
Notes
277
Bibliography
308
Index
331

The War under MacArthur 19001901 Deja Vu
150

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