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The Philippine War, 1899-1902 (Modern War Studies)

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This year begins the centennial of the Philippine War, one of the most controversial and poorly understood events in American history. The war thrust the U.S. into the center of Pacific and Asian politics, with important and sometimes tragic consequences. It kept the Filipinos under colonial overlordship for another five decades and subjected them to American political, cu ...more
Paperback, 442 pages
Published January 25th 2000 by University Press of Kansas (first published January 1st 2000)
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Mar 21, 2012 Al rated it really liked it
This was an outstanding book, and probably the most definitive military account of the war. Linn effectively explains the transition from conventional operations to counter-insurgency (COIN) operations. Additionally, Linn clearly articulates how this struggle had regional distinctives from island to island. We used this work in one of the Army schools I recently completed. There are quite a number of lessons learned which could and should be applied to the current COIN battle in Afghanistan. How ...more
Oct 09, 2012 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
Few Americans remember the Philippine Insurrection of 1899-1902, and even fewer have enough real knowledge about this conflict to comment on it intelligently. These gaps can be remedied by reading Professor Linn's fine account of this now forgotten war, in which the USA successfully combined tactically sophisticated combat, occasionally brutal anti-insurgency policies and the raising of the Filipinos' standard of living to defeat the rebellion against American rule of those islands. Linn is unsw ...more
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Jun 06, 2013 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it
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The operations in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War are often overshadowed by the action in Cuba. This work discusses military action and the politics of the war in the Philippines beyond Admiral Dewey and Manila Harbor. A good read for a more balanced view of that war.
Feb 05, 2014 Jim rated it liked it
This book seemed promising on one level, but came up short on another.

"The Philippine War" should be considered, in the good way, a major revisionist work that analyzes, critiques and corrects faulty history of the US's war against Philippine independence movement after the Spanish American War. As a military work, it is an excellent, detailed account of conventional military action. Battles, skirmishes, tables or organizations and tactics are well described, and add to our understanding of the
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Feb 03, 2016 Matt Ely rated it really liked it
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Mostly an academic text with the overtly stated purpose to correct the myths (that we apparently all hold dear?) about America's initial invasion and colonization(?) of the Philippines after the Spanish-American War. Linn does a great job about not choosing sides and giving credit where credit is due on both sides, but it's primarily told from the American perspective. Again, no fault of his, that has as much to do with availability of usable resources as anything.

I did like the detail and the
May 06, 2009 Karen rated it liked it
Extremely well researched, I couldn't get into all the war tactics, but the political and cultural aspects very interesting.
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