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Strategically located, the Philippine Islands have been one of the keys to American policy in the Pacific. But this loose island chain has a better history, vacillating between oppression and rebellion. America's military installations here ensure that she will be caught in any Filipino conflict.
©1991 Knowledge Products, Inc. (P)1991 Knowledge Products, Inc.

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not about the Philippines exactly

I listened to the first 2 minutes of this book. likely the quickest I've ever given up reading anything. it starts with the American conquest of the Philippines. I skipped around a bit hoping it would talk about the country itself but it was all centered around Europe and the Americans. if you are interested in these relationships this may be of use to you.

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  • Glaudrung
  • Among the Eldrich Horrors
  • 09-26-18

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This is an extremely short history of the Philippines and unlike the title implies it isn't really applicable to modern issues in that region. There isn't anything in that is necessarily false, but there's a lot of selective reporting made easy by the briefness of the writing.

The narrative takes a heavy handed anti-colonial approach and was obviously written by Americans due the fact that it is preoccupied with US policy/involvement/interactions with that region while yet failing to understand the internal divides and societal issues there.

This book repeatedly condemns US intentions by cited ideals like Manifest Destiny (such things did exist but these were not the norm) and attempting to liken US actions to those of Colonial Spain. These are the symptoms of someone who either knows less they'd like the reader to think.

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brief history

it went over the history before the region being named to more modern time glossed over this histroy but stuck to milestones well.