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

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

by Kristin L. Hoganson, Yale University Press
 
Blending gender, political, and foreign policy history, this groundbreaking book offers a new understanding of the Spanish-American and Philippine-American wars. The author shows how gender concerns influenced political leaders and how gendered arguments helped shape turn-of-the-century debates over war and empire.

Author Biography: Kristin L. Hoganson is

Overview

Blending gender, political, and foreign policy history, this groundbreaking book offers a new understanding of the Spanish-American and Philippine-American wars. The author shows how gender concerns influenced political leaders and how gendered arguments helped shape turn-of-the-century debates over war and empire.

Author Biography: Kristin L. Hoganson is assistant professor of history at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
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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"Hoganson adds a new dimension to the historiography of the wars by examining of the wars by examining how gender beliefs may have been motivational factors for leaders in both struggles."—Library Journal

"A useful addition to any academic or larger public library."—Library Journal

"Hoganson has written a very important book, one that immediately claims the center of the larger debate on late nineteenth century war and imperialism. This is a touchstone work. It is a model of scholarship, driven by passionate argument and sustained by judicious formulation of evidence, carefully crafted and richly documented. Hoganson has expanded the historiography on the war with Spain and its aftermath with a highly original study and in so doing has raised issues that reach far beyond 1898."—Louis A Perez, Jr., American Historical Review

"A brief review cannot do justice to the complexities of Hoganson’s intelligent argumentation. Her engaging book should appear on syllabi for both undergraduate and graduate courses. It is a great read."—Robyn Muncy, American Studies

"Hoganson’s provocative arguments and careful research add significantly to a growing body of literature that considers the links between gender practices and values, and international relations."—Choice

"A clearly written and lucidly argued study. . . . Fighting for American Manhood is a first-rate scholarly achievement that will be required reading for all who seek to understand the reasons why the United States embarked upon an imperial path at the close of the nineteenth century."—Edward P. Crapol, Historian

"Kristin Hoganson’s study of gender and U.S. imperial politics ranks among the most important contributions to the recent wave of scholarship on U.S. empire in the Caribbean and the Pacific. . . . Hoganson’s work will remain both an inspiration and a model for understanding the importance of gender politics in U.S. expansion."—Aims McGuinness, Left History

"Kristin Hoganson’s Fighting for American Manhood brings the conceptual weapon of gender theory, which is relatively new to diplomatic history, to the fray. . . . Hoganson’s account . . . is the most ambitious attempt thus far to demonstrate the importance of gender as a foreign policy explanation. . . . She brings a wealth of impressive research, supported by a splendid selection of illustrations, to the topic. . . . This is one of the most interesting, innovative, and provocative books on the Spanish-American War to appear in the last thirty years. All diplomatic historians will have to come to grips with Hoganson’s argument and, one hopes, will profit from doing so. This work should be on any short list of required readings on the causes of the war of 1898 and its imperial aftermath."—Frank Ninkovich, Reviews in American History

"I've read this book with great interest and, in fact, kept stopping to make notes, provoked into new thinking by Kristin Hoganso&ngrave;s juicy research and insightful analysis."—Cynthia Enloe, author of The Morning After: Sexual Politics at the End of the Cold War

"Kristin Hoganson’s important book is a pioneering, imaginative, and provocative analysis of a pivotal era in American history. In the widening discussion over the roots of modern U.S. foreign policy, it will be a work that cannot be ignored— in part because of a spirited debate over its innovative approach."—Walter LaFeber, Cornell University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300071818
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1998
Series:
Yale Historical Publications Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.52(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.00(d)

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Cynthia Enloe
Juicy research and insightful analysis.

Meet the Author


Kristin L. Hoganson is assistant professor of history and of history and literature at Harvard University.

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