The Blood Of Government: Race, Empire, The United States, And The Philippines
|Author||Paul A. Kramer|
|Dimension||6 x 9|
n Blood of Government Dr. Kramer argues that the Philippine-American colonial history was characterized by struggles over sovereignty and recognition. In the wake of a racial-exterminist war, US colonialists, in dialogue with Filipino elites, divided the Philippine population into “civilized” Christians and “savage” animists and Muslims. The former were subjected to a calibrated colonialism that gradually extended them self-government, as they demonstrated their “capacities.” The latter were governed first by Americans, then by Christian Filipinos who had proven themselves worthy of shouldering the “white man’s burden.” Ultimately, however, this racial vision of imperial nation-building collided with US nativist efforts to insulate the United States from its colonies, even at the cost of Philippine independence.
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