A War of Frontier and Empire: The Philippine-American War, 1899-1902

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Macmillan, Mar 4, 2008 - History - 254 pages
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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.

First-rate military history, A War of Frontier and Empire retells an often forgotten chapter in America's past, infusing it with commanding contemporary relevance.

 

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Contents

The Urgency of the Asking
xiii
A WAR OF FRONTIER AND EMPIRE
3
MCKINLEY AND AMERICAN IMPERIALISM
30
AT THE CANNONS MOUTH
67
A NEW ARMY ARRIVES
105
ONE WAR ENDS ANOTHER BEGINS
126
SATISFACTORY AND ENCOURAGING
170
A MOST FAVORED RACE
207
Further Reading
219
Notes
225
Acknowledgments
243
Index
245
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David J. Silbey is an associate professor of European history at Alvernia College in Reading, Pennsylvania

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