Benevolent Assimilation (book)

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This article is about the 1982 book. For a U.S. Presidential proclamation concerning the Philippines, see Benevolent assimilation.
Benevolent Assimilation: The American Conquest of the Philippines, 1899-1903
Author Stuart Creighton Miller
Subject History
Genre Non-fiction
Publisher Yale University Press
Publication date
1982
Media type Print
Pages 340 pp
ISBN 978-0-300-02697-9
OCLC 433328792

Benevolent Assimilation: The American Conquest of the Philippines, 1899-1903 is a non-fiction book documenting the history of the Philippine–American War by Stuart Creighton Miller (1927–2010), a professor at San Francisco State University, published in 1982 by Yale University Press.[1] The title refers to U.S. President William McKinley's "Benevolent Assimilation" proclamation of December 21, 1898, which used that term to characterize the U.S. occupation and administration of the entire group of the Philippine Islands, then in its early stages following the cession of sovereignty by Spain to the U.S. in the 1898 Treaty of Paris.[2][3]

Reception[edit]

  • The New York Times wrote, "Benevolent Assimilation is the most thorough, balanced and well-written study to date of America's imperial adventure in the western Pacific and the most persuasive analysis of the varied reactions of the American people to the military subjugation of the Filipinos."[4]
  • The magazine Asia wrote: "A triumph of research, synthesis and storytelling, this is the wisest book on its subject and, implicitly, a significant cultural critique of the United States at the turn of the 20th century."
  • The Journal of American History wrote: "Written with clarity and argued with passion from a wealth of primary sources."
  • Library Journal wrote: "The author’s balanced summary of the historiography of imperialism and the epilogue, which considers the Philippine/Vietnam analogy, are valuable features of the work...Should remain the definitive account of these events."

References[edit]

  1. ^ Miller, Stuart Creighton (1984-09-10). "Benevolent Assimilation": The American Conquest of the Philippines, 1899-1903. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. pp. xi. ISBN 978-0-300-03081-5. 
  2. ^ Miller, Stuart Creighton (1984-09-10). "Benevolent Assimilation": The American Conquest of the Philippines, 1899-1903. New Haven and London: Yale University Press. pp. opposite cover page. ISBN 978-0-300-03081-5. 
  3. ^ McKinley's Benevolent Assimilation Proclamation
  4. ^ Welch Jr., Richard E. (November 21, 1982). "Imperial Adventure". The New York Times. 

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