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Unknown Soldiers Podcast Episode 37-40, The Philippine War Series: Sources

Welcome to the first series of Season 2, the Philippine-American War of 1899-1902 (or 1913)! This is my big source post, where I document all the sources big and small that I used in this series. Since I'm still writing some of this, I'm probably going to add to a little bit as time goes on, but them's the breaks.

I go into this a little bit in my Introductory Episode, but if I were to recommend any one book about the Philippine-American War, it would be David J. Silbey's A War of Frontier and Empire: The Philippine-American War, 1899-1902. It's relatively short and doesn't have all the detail I would like, but it's very good as a balanced introduction. The best academic history of the war is Brian McAllister Linn's The Philippine War, though it can be a bit dry and weighty for a lot of people's tastes. For a good journalist account of the US-Philippine relationship, including a *decent* account of the conflict, Stanley Karnow's In Our Image is pretty easy to find and works pretty well.


Agoncillo, Teodoro A. History of the Filipino People. Quezon City: Garotech Publishing, 1960.

Agoncillo, Teodoro A. Malolos: Crisis of the Republic. Quezon City: University of the Philippines Press, 1997.

Arnold, James R. Jungle of Snakes: A Century of Counterinsurgency Warfare from the Philippines to Iraq. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2009.

Arnold, James R. The Moro War: How America Battled a Muslim Insurgency in the Philippine Jungle, 1902-1913. New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2011.

Bert, Wayne. American Military Intervention in Unconventional War from the Philippines to Iraq. New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2011.

Boot, Max. The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars And The Rise Of American Power. New York: Basic Books, 2004.

Brands, H.W. Bound to Empire: The United States and the Philippines. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Brands, H.W. T.R.: The Last Romantic. New York: Basic Books, 1997.

Brewer, Susan A. "Selling Empire: American Propaganda and War in the

Philippines." The Asia-Pacific Journal 11: Vol. 40, No. 1 (2013): 1-26.

Coffman, Edward M. The Old Army: A Portrait of the American Army in Peacetime, 1784-1898. New York: Oxford University Press, 1986.

Coffman, Edward M. The Regulars: the American Army, 1898-1941. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2004.

Field, Ron. Buffalo Soldiers, 1892-1918. Oxford: Osprey Publishing, 2005.

Gatewood, Willard B., Jr. Smoked Yankees and the Struggle for Empire: Letters from Negro Soldiers, 1898-1902. Fayetteville, AR: University of Arkansas Press, 1987.

Immerwahr, Daniel. How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.

Jones, Gregg. Honor in the Dust: Theodore Roosevelt, War in the Philippines, and the Rise and Fall of America's Imperial Dream. New York: New American Library, 2012.

Karnow, Stanley. In Our Image: America's Empire in the Philippines. New York: Random House, 1989.

Linn, Brian McAllister. The Philippine War, 1899-1902. Lawrence, KS: University Press of Kansas, 2000.

Linn, Brian McAllister. The U.S. Army and Counterinsurgency in the Philippine War, 1899-1902. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2000.

Marco, Sophia. "Dios Dios in the Visayas." Philippine Studies, Vol. 49, No. 1 (First Quarter 2001), pp. 42-77.

May, Glenn Anthony. Battle for Batangas: A Philippine Province at War. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1991.

Miller, Stuart Creighton. Benevolent Assimilation: The American Conquest of the Philippines, 1899-1903. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1982.

Millett, Allan R. Semper Fidelis: The History of the United States Marine Corps. 2nd ed. New York: Free Press, 1991.

Morey, Michael. Fagen: An African-American Renegade in the Philippine-American War. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press, 2019.

Porch, Douglas. Counterinsurgency: Exposing the Myths of the New Way of War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Ramsey, Robert D., III. "Savage Wars of Peace: Case Studies of Pacification in the Philippines, 1900-1902." Fort Leavenworth, KS: Combat Studies Institute Press, United States Army Combined Arms Center, 2007.

Ramsey, Robert D., III. "A Masterpiece of Counterguerrilla Warfare: BG J. Franklin Bell in the Philippines, 1901-1902." Fort Leavenworth, KS: Combat Studies Institute Press, United States Army Combined Arms Center, 2008.

Silbey, David J. A War of Frontier and Empire: The Philippine–American War, 1899–1902. New York: MacMillan, 2008.

Tucker, Spencer C., ed. The Encyclopedia of the Spanish–American and Philippine–American Wars: a Political, Social, and Military History. Vol. I–III. Santa Barbara, California: ABC-CLIO, 2009.

White, Richard. The Republic for Which It Stands: The United States during Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896. New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.

Wolff, Leon. Little Brown Brother: How the United States Purchased and Pacified the Philippine Islands at the Century's Turn. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1961.

Young, Kenneth Ray. The General's General: The Life and Times of Arthur MacArthur. Boulder, CO: Westview, 1994.

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