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American acquisition of the Philippines and Filipino resistance to it turned a focus for debate on American imperialism. In a full of life narrative, Miller tells the tale of the battle 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 so much thorough, balanced, and well-written learn thus far of America's imperial experience within the western Pacific and the main persuasive research of the numerous reactions of the yankee 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 instances e-book evaluation "A triumph of analysis, synthesis and storytelling, this is often the wisest publication 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 beneficial properties 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 yank heritage

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

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 conflict 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.

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It is broad as the continent and is entertained by men of every po­ litical faith. 30 Such editorial self-satisfaction was highly premature. Once McKinley spelled out his intentions and the details of the pending treaty were made public, the debate got under way in earnest. Up to that point, the president s vague refer­ ences to keeping the flag flying gave his critics little to swing at. Finally, there was something concrete to attack, however effectively the president had di­ luted the issue by wedding it to the final peace accord.

In addition to class differences within his following, there were also rival revolutionary movements that plagued Aguinaldo, such as the Guardia de Honor in the Ilocos region of northwestern Luzon. Created in 1872 to uphold orthodox Catholicism, it was transformed over the next few decades, through clerical neglect, into a revolutionary, millenarian, and anarchistic sect opposed to all authority and preying on its nonbelieving neighbors for supplies. The Ka- 40 TH E SOLDIER AS DIPLOMAT tipunan courted it unsuccessfully, possibly due to the more secular orientation of Aguinaldos faction, or possibly to Ilocano-Tagalog rivalry.

With traders from Eu­ rope came new ideas, particularly the liberalizing philosophies that were sweeping capitalist countries in the nineteenth century. In turn, the Filipinos who prospered from the expanding trade could afford to send their sons to Eu­ ropean universities. The students brought back such ideas as natural philoso­ phy, nationalism, secularism, and democracy. Madrid itself contributed to these impulses as it oscillated between liberal and conservative moods. 31 32 TH ESO LD IER AS DIPLOMAT Economic development, along with other worldwide changes, rapidly re­ structured society in the Philippines.

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