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

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Yale University Press, Sep 10, 1984 - History - 342 pages
American acquisition of the Philippines and Filipino resistance to it became a focal point for debate on American imperialism. In a lively narrative, Miller tells the story of the war and how it challenged America’s sense of innocence. He examines the roles of key actors—the generals and presidents, the soldiers and senators—in America’s colonial adventure.“The most thorough, balanced, and well-written study to date of America’s imperial adventure in the western Pacific and the most persuasive analysis of the varied reactions of the American people to the military subjugation of the Filipinos. . . . [Told] with clarity, wit and a talent for the apt "ation.”—Richard E. Welch, Jr., The New York Times Book Review“A triumph of research, synthesis and storytelling, this is the wisest book on its subject and, implicitly, a significant cultural critique of the United States at the turn of the century.”—Peter Stanley, Asia“The author’s balanced summary of the historiography of imperialism and the epilogue, which considers the Philippine/Vietnam analogy, are valuable features of the work. . . . Should remain the definitive account of these events.”—Library Journal“Written with clarity and argued with passion from a wealth of primary sources.”—Jack C. Lane, The Journal of American History.
 

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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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