Fighting for American Manhood: How Gender Politics Provoked the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars

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This book blends international relations and gender history to provide a new understanding of the Spanish-American and Philippine-American wars. Kristin L. Hoganson shows how gendered ideas about citizenship and political leadership influenced jingoist political leaders' desire to wage these conflicts, and she traces how they manipulated ideas about gender to embroil the nation in war. She argues that racial beliefs were only part of the cultural framework that undergirded U.S. martial policies at the turn of the...
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Overview

This book blends international relations and gender history to provide a new understanding of the Spanish-American and Philippine-American wars. Kristin L. Hoganson shows how gendered ideas about citizenship and political leadership influenced jingoist political leaders' desire to wage these conflicts, and she traces how they manipulated ideas about gender to embroil the nation in war. She argues that racial beliefs were only part of the cultural framework that undergirded U.S. martial policies at the turn of the century. Gender beliefs, often working in tandem with racial beliefs, affected the rise and fall of the nation's imperialist impulse.
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In 1898, the United States entered a war with Spain to liberate Cuba from the European power's imperialist grasp. A few years later, it waged war against the Philippines--but this time to further its own imperialist agenda. Over the last 100 years, historians have pondered the causes of these conflicts, basing their theories on economics, politics, or culture. Here, Hoganson (history/literature, Harvard) adds a new dimension to the historiography of the wars by examining how gender beliefs may have been motivational factors for leaders in both struggles. This unique work, based on the author's dissertation and relying on a host of primary and secondary sources, might go well with John Tebbel's more popularly written America's Great Patriotic War with Spain (LJ 10/15/96) and Ivan Musicant's Empire by Default (LJ 12/97), a readable military history. A useful addition to any academic or larger public library.--Theresa McDevitt, Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania
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  • ISBN-13: 9780300071818
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Series: Yale Historical Publications Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.56 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 The Manly Ideal of Politics and the Jingoist Desire for War 15
2 Cuba and the Restoration of American Chivalry 43
3 "Honor Comes First": The Congressional Debate over War 68
4 McKinley's Backbone: The Coercive Power of Gender in Political Debate 88
5 The Spanish-American War and the Martial Ideal of Citizenship 107
6 The Problem of Male Degeneracy and the Allure of the Philippines 133
7 The National Manhood Metaphor and the Fight over the Fathers in the Philippine Debate 156
8 Imperial Degeneracy: The Dissolution of the Imperialist Impulse 180
Conclusion: Engendering War 200
Notes 209
Bibliography 265
Index 297
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