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

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This study of international relations and gender history reveals how gendered ideas about citizenship and political leadership influenced jingoist political leaders' desire to wage conflicts, and traces how they manipulated ideas about gender to embroil the nation in war.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 11th 2000 by Yale University Press (first published October 11th 1998)
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stephanie
surprisingly good for a book i thought i would loathe from the thesis. however, hoaganson is so thorough in her argument, it's very hard to poke holes. my one complaint is that i don't think she really acknowledges that crises of masculinity happened many times during war, and influenced politics - even taking europe out of it (which, hello, WWI and then the interwar years?) - and maybe the crisis happened earlier in the US than Europe because the US didn't have colonies in the same way - but yo ...more
Tom Darrow
I read this book for a class on US Empire studies and I both enjoyed it and learned a bit from it. It also wasn't that tedious of a read, like some other works in this genre are.

Pros -
-She views these two wars through the perspective of gender, which, at the point of its publication, was largely ignored. She effectively uses concepts of manhood, honor and jingoism to create the glue which sticks other more extensively researched topics, like race, economics and politics, together.
-The book is v
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Hotavio
Oct 14, 2012 Hotavio rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Hotavio by: HIstory of Foreign Policy course
Hoganson, Kristin L. Fighting for American Manhood. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1998.

Dyer, Thomas G. Theodore Roosevelt and the Idea of Race. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press, 1980.


The United States realized a big shift in domestic and foreign policy the turn of the 20th century. Thirty years after the Civil War, domestic issues such as labor, women’s suffrage, the post Reconstruction role of African Americans in the country, and the US currency debate occupied headli
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Eleanore
This original and interesting interpretation of the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars through the lens of gender is refreshingly modest in its claims ( "... adding gender to the existing framework buttresses a variety of current explanations and offers some thematic unity for the whole melange. It does not, however, fundamentally change our understanding of the conflicts..."). Kristin Hoganson thus unusually liberates herself from the scholars' first book peril - that of stretching m ...more
Bruce
A thought provoking look at the reasons for getting involved in 'police actions' overseas (even if it is only 90 miles from our shores.) The basic premise is the idea of a person's place based on sex was integral to the debate on going to war with Spain and continuing the war in the Philippines by changing the opponent. One must keep in mind the background that women were arguing for suffrage at the time and men did not want them involved in the sordid world of politics, i.e. there place was in ...more
Kent
A fabulous work on how gender helps explain historical events, even those that appear in a traditional/masculine/public arena. One of the best works on how to do gender history I've read and also teaches a lot about the broader cultural outlook of the nation at the turn of the twentieth century.
Jessica
Hoganson explores many of the same topics that Gail Bederman does in Manliness and Civilization: A Cultural History of Gender and Race in the United States, 1880-1917, but not as well. Bedermann presents a much more interesting and solid analysis. However, Hoganson's study was still fairly enjoyable.
Andrew 'Smitty' Smith
I'm not sure that Hoganson's thesis stands up completely, but this is a compelling look at the history of American imperial thought, and the motivations for it. It is also a fantastically well done approach at getting 'gender' to be more than women in the field of history.
Kate
Not as convincing about "causality" as the title would suggest, but interesting in terms of the interrelation between gender and foreign policy (specifically, military action).
Brent
an interesting perspective on little discussed military history. on the redundant side, but engaging enough. First book down for a class on Rooseveltian history
Amy
This book is really tight and cohesive, but it gets a little repetitive and comes off a little flat or something to me. But it is well-written and convincingly argued.
Jerome
:The point was a bit belabored but interesting if a person is interested in American history and our militaristic society.
Starbubbles
An extremely interesting look at gender and in the Post-Civil War Era and its role in culture, war, and politics.
Sue
Mar 18, 2008 Sue rated it 5 of 5 stars
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Kristin Hoganson is a professor of history at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She specializes in the United States in world context, cultures of U.S. imperialism, and transnational history. She is the author of Fighting for American Manhood: How Gender Politics Provoked the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars (1998) and Consumers’ Imperium: The Global Production of Americ ...more
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