Michael H. Huntauthor and historian
The Philippines, 1898-1902
Lecture topics (keyed to Arc of Empire, chap. 1 [pp. 10-63]):
Overview: the colonial conflict that launched the U.S. project in the Pacific.
McKinley and the American push into the Pacific.
The rise of Philippine nationalism.
Defeating the resistance region by region.
Soldiers’ perspective: dehumanization and destruction.
Legacies: forgetting counterinsurgency and remembering conquest and collaboration.
Philippines War chronology.
How did ideas about national identity shape U.S. involvement in the Philippines?
How did the U.S. experience with slavery and the wars against Native Americans shape U.S. attitudes and actions in the Philippines?
What were the chief sources and main vulnerabilities of Filipino resistance?
Was U.S. victory the result of good luck, sound strategy, or brute force? What lessons from that victory would you draw?
Soldiers of the 35th U.S. Volunteer Infantry Regiment either demonstrating or administering the “water cure” during the Fil-American War (Philippine Insurrection) of 1899-1902.
Found in the U.S. Army Signal Corps photographs at the National Archives by Gregory J Urwin while researching The United States Infantry: An Illustrated History.