Benevolent Assimilation: The American Conquest of the Philippines, 1899-1903 (Google eBook)

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Yale University Press, 1982 - HISTORY - 340 pages
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"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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Review: Benevolent Assimilation: The American Conquest of the Philippines, 1899-1903

User Review  - Bill Putnam - Goodreads

Miller has an agenda and its fairly obvious when you read some of the better books out there, especially Linn's book. Were there soldiers who were racist and committed atrocities? Yes, but these have ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Dan - Goodreads

An accessible narrative of the Philippine-American War, but to some degree dated by its historiographical moment. Later scholars have offered much more interesting and compelling presentations of the function of colonialism. 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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Page ii - Finally, it should be the earnest and paramount aim of the military administration to win the confidence, respect and affection of the inhabitants of the Philippines by assuring them in every possible way that full measure of individual rights and liberties which is the heritage of free peoples, and by proving to them that the mission of the United States is one of benevolent assimilation, substituting the mild sway of justice and right for arbitrary rule.

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