A War of Frontier and Empire

The Philippine-American War, 1899-1902 by David J. Silbey

  • Published: Jul 28, 2020

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 conflictsone... read more

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Details of A War of Frontier and Empire

Exact title of the book
A War of Frontier and Empire
Book author
David J. Silbey
ISBN
9780374707392
Publisher
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published
Mar 04, 2008
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
272
File size (in PDF)
2448 kB

Some brief overview of book

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 conflictsone 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 Filipinosthe war marked America's first steps as a global power and produced a wealth of lessons learned and forgotten. In A War of Frontier and Empire, Silbey traces the rise and fall of President Emilio Aguinaldo, as Aguinaldo tries to liberate the Philippines from colonial rule only to fail, devastatingly, before a relentless American army. He tracks President McKinley's decision to commit troops and fulfill a divinely inspired injunction to "uplift and civilize" despite the protests of many Americans.

Most important, Silbey provides a clear lens to view the Philippines as, in the crucible of war, it transforms itself from a territory divided by race, ethnicity, and warring clans into a cohesive nation on the path to independence.

About author

J. Silbey is an assistant professor of European history at Alvernia College in Reading, Pennsylvania.

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