Imperial Historicism and American Military Rule in the Philippines' Muslim South
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Northern Illinois University Press
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This book represents an attempt to highlight a critical but seldom discussed episode in Philippine history, concerning an important but often overlooked minority population. i came to my subject matter initially while working on a doctoral degree at northern illinois University. Though at the time i much preferred engrossing stories of nineteenth-century religious rebellions in ...
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...i would first like to thank those who helped to set my feet upon the path at the outset of this project, Dr. kenton clymer, Dr. eric Jones, Dr. Taylor atkins, and Dr. susan russell, for their support and direction in composing an earlier draft of this work. Their careful and attentive mentoring opened possibilities and expanded horizons beyond even the most liberal expectations. Their un-...
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...american military rule in Mindanao and sulu, more than ten thousand Fili-pino Muslims marched in solemn unity down the streets of Zamboanga, the colonial capital of Moro1 Province. Most of them were dressed in full battle array, displaying “wonderful colors in apparel.”2 at their head were a number of distinguished sultans, headmen, and the illustrious “Princessa of cotabato,” ...
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...at the foundations of the american colonial project was a profound trust and reliance on scientific methods and scholarly theories. indeed, his-tory itself was viewed as a quantifiable entity, which only required correct interpretation and accurate measurement to comprehend fully. To facilitate their scientific colonial endeavor, american administrators looked to the bur-...
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...while colonial officials in Mindanao often succeeded in construct-ing a reified, homogeneous, and philosophically manageable Moro, these of-ficials also encountered severe challenges to their imperial taxonomies and disruptive anomalies in an otherwise fluid historicist discourse. Though cir-cumscribed within a narrative of primitivism, savagery, and uncontaminated ...
3—Capitalism as Panacea
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Though military colonial officials in Mindanao and sulu certainly ad-vocated and pursued policies designed to instill a sense of individual civic identity, democratic awareness, and modern education, the obstacles ob-structing the institutionalization of these attributes among Moros were ini-tially much greater than in the north. The military regime’s policy of nonin-...
4—Modernity, Colonial Guilt, and the Priceof Transcendent Progress
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...one of the greatest ironies of the United states’ colonial rule in the Philippines was that its humanistic, civilizing, and modernizing imperial project was in large part motivated by acute feelings of antimodernism and overcivilization. Though american imperialists openly celebrated their po-sition at the pinnacle of history and frequently evoked a sense of historical ...
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Two years prior to the end of military rule in Mindanao and sulu, a grand council of “leading sultans, Dattos, Headmen and other Prominent Moros of the District of lanao” met with the last military governor general of Moro Province, John Pershing. The meeting was filled with lavish out-pourings of rhetorical affection and native pledges to adhere more closely ...
Epilogue—The American Military Period in Historical Memory
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...in January 2008 my family and i had the privilege of traveling to Marawi city as guests of the sultan of Tugaya. i first met the sultan in Ma-nila in october of the same year i was preparing to move my family down to cagayan de oro to continue my research in Mindanao, and he was search-ing for potential tenants to lease an idle second home just outside that city. ...
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Page Count: 200
Publication Year: 2013