Book Discussion on A War of Frontier and Empire
David Silbey talked about his book A War of Frontier and Empire: The Philippine-American War, 1899-1902, published by Hill and… read more
David Silbey talked about his book A War of Frontier and Empire: The Philippine-American War, 1899-1902, published by Hill and Wang. He described the politics and tactics of the war, as well as the culture of the Filipino people. He said the conflict divided into three incursions, first pitting Spain against allied U.S. and Filipino forces. Spain was defeated and the war shifted to a battle between the United States and the Philippine Army of Liberation. Finally, the occupying U.S. forces came under attack by a Filipino insurgency. Professor Silbey contended that this series of conflicts provided the Philippines with a national identity, one which did not exist before the start of the war. After his presentation he responded to audience members' questions.
The event was co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy and the Society for Military History. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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