The Philippine War, 1899-1902 / Edition 1by Brian McAllister Linn, Brain McAllister Linn
Pub. Date: 01/28/2000
Publisher: University Press of Kansas
This year begins the centennial of the Philippine War, one of the most controversial and poorly understood events in American history. The war thrust the U.S. into the center of Pacific and Asian politics, with important and sometimes tragic consequences. It kept the Filipinos under colonial overlordship for another five decades and subjected them to American… See more details below
This year begins the centennial of the Philippine War, one of the most controversial and poorly understood events in American history. The war thrust the U.S. into the center of Pacific and Asian politics, with important and sometimes tragic consequences. It kept the Filipinos under colonial overlordship for another five decades and subjected them to American political, cultural, and economic domination.
In the first comprehensive study in over six decades, Linn provides a definitive treatment of military operations in the Philippines. From the pitched battles of the early war to the final campaigns against guerrillas, Linn traces the entire course of the conflict. More than an overview of Filipino resistance and American pacification, this is a detailed study of the fighting in the "boondocks."
In addition to presenting a detailed military history of the war, Linn challenges previous interpretations. Rather than being a clash of armies or societies, the war was a series of regional struggles that differed greatly from island to island. By shifting away from the narrow focus on one or two provinces to encompass the entire archipelago, Linn offers a more thorough understanding of the entire war.
Linn also dispels many of the misunderstandings and historical inaccuracies surrounding the Philippine War. He repudiates the commonly held view of American soldiers "civilizing with a Krag" and clarifies such controversial incidents as the Balangiga Massacre and the Waller Affair.
Exhaustively researched and engagingly written, The Philippine War will become the standard reference on America's forgotten conflict and a major contribution to the study of guerrilla warfare.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Part One: Conventional Operations, 1899
1. The Americans Arrive
2. A Difficult Situation
3. The Battle of Manila
4. The Visayas
5. The Spring Campaign
6. Summer Stalemate
7. The Northern Offensive
8. The Occupation of the Archipelago
Part Two: The Archipelago, 1900-1902
9. The Guerilla War
10. Moroland and the Eastern Visayas
12. Northern Luzon
13. Southern Luzon
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One of the best books I have read on the Philippine/American war. The history is told from the American military side but it does not ignore the errors and abuses committed by both sides. Some books on the Philippine War written during the Vietnam War/post Vietnam War period try to make their history a commentary on a different war. This book sticks to the subject. The best book on this forgotten war has yet to be written. A book that would look at both sides objectively and report the facts would be a welcome addition to the history of our nation.
just when i thought a book that will finally explain in detail what happened during those years, well, turned out to be a big disappointment. for one thing, if the author did spent 20 years researching this interesting period, he forgot to research the side of the filipinos. too much superlatives are tacked on american exploits, while the atrocities that happened were downplayed into mere allegations. to make the book sounds like it's fair, the author would every now and then pepper phrases like 'brave and courageous filipinos'. what the author keep forgeting is the fact that the americans went to the philippines and not vice versa. for the life of me, i can't understand how all of a sudden, the filipinos are the bad guys. with this type of mentality, our invasion of iraq suddenly is justified. if you like to read stories were americans are always the good guys and could never do any wrong, perhaps you'd like this book, but if you're searching for the truth, keep searching...