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By Stuart Creighton Miller

American acquisition of the Philippines and Filipino resistance to it grew to become a focus for debate on American imperialism. In a full of life narrative, Miller tells the tale of the struggle and the way it challenged America's feel of innocence. He examines the jobs of key actors-the generals and presidents, the warriors and senators-in America's colonial experience. "The such a lot thorough, balanced, and well-written examine so far of America's imperial event within the western Pacific and the main persuasive research of the various reactions of the yank humans to the army subjugation of the Filipinos. . . . [Told] with readability, wit and a expertise for the apt quotation."-Richard E. Welch, Jr., the recent York occasions e-book evaluate "A triumph of study, synthesis and storytelling, this is often the wisest e-book on its topic and, implicitly, an important cultural critique of the USA on the flip of the century."-Peter Stanley, Asia "The author's balanced precis of the historiography of imperialism and the epilogue, which considers the Philippine/Vietnam analogy, are worthwhile positive aspects of the paintings. . . . may still stay the definitive account of those events."-Library magazine "Written with readability and argued with ardour from a wealth of fundamental sources."-Jack C. Lane, The magazine of yankee heritage

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The real effect of the outbreak of war seems to have been that it momentarily stifled senatorial crit­ icism of the Administration s Philippine policy, but not that it affected the vot­ ing. ” In the early days of stunning American victories in Luzon and Panay, the whole country seemed too drunk on the heady wine of national power to heed the witty, but astute, observation of Mr. ”44 The Soldier as Diplomat American relations with the Filipino nationalists were, from the beginning, left to professional military men, who were ill-suited to play diplomatic roles due to their training and_ temperaments..

Johnson, Colonel of Artillery, United States Army, as the highest-ranking American officer on land at the time, to witness the docu­ ment; not having been briefed to the contrary, the American colonel obliged. The declaration was also “witnessed by the Supreme Judge of the Universe” and was “under the protection of the Mighty and Humane North American Na­ tion,” Aguinaldo vowed as he unfurled the flag of the Philippine Republic. This was significantly not the red flag of the Katipunan, but a red, white and blue one symbolizing the special friendship and protection of the United States, as well as “courage, independence, and eternal resistance to invaders,” Aguinaldo explained.

Organiz­ ing under the label of the “Propaganda Movement,” they never advocated in­ dependence, however much the movement may have contributed to the spirit of nationalism and to the intellectual foundation of the coming revolution. The celebrated surgeon, poet, novelist, and artist, Jose Rizal, was the unofficial spokesman for this informal group. While studying in Spain, Rizal had traveled to England and Germany to observe political developments. His novel, Noli t h e s o l d ie r a s d ip l o m a t 33 Me Tangere, has been compared to Uncle Toms Cabin, in that it had a similar galvanizing effect on Filipino nationalism to that which Harriet Beecher Stowe s work had on American abolitionism.

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