A 19th Century Iraq? The Philippine-American War, 1899-1902
Sunday, September 30, 2007 from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM at Bus Boys & Poets, 14th & V Streets, NW in the Langston Room
Jamestown Project Senior Fellow Dr. David Silbey discussed and signed his recent book "A War of Empire and Frontier: The Philippine-American War, 1899-1902"
. Professor Silbey's book has been called as the best brief
introduction to the complex subject of the U.S. conquest of the
Philippines. As America contributed to Philippine nationalism by
establishing economic, social and linguistic connections, Silbey argues
that the Filipino defeat came to be a patriotic touchstone. Dr.
Silbey, an expert in military history, brings the lessons of the
Philippines to modern-day Iraq and points out that similar issues
dogged both campaigns. Among these issues Silbey includes are the
inability to recognize that the war was not over simply because we
thought it should be over; the difficulty in adjusting to a new kind of
war; the constant interaction of domestic politics and military
affairs; and the divided command structure in the Philippines. Come
out to interact with one of the nation's rising stars in the field of
military history. This book talk is sponsored by The Jamestown Project.