This volume contains translations of selected dispatches of the French consuls assigned to the Philippines during the Philippine Revolution. The dispatches span the period 1896-1901. They provide a firsthand account of the dynamics prevailing then among Filipinos, Spaniards and Americans.
"American acquisition of the Philippines in 1898 became a focal point for debate on American imperialism and the course the country was to take now that the Western frontier had been conquered. U.S. military leaders in Manila, unequipped to understand the aspirations of the native revolutionary movement, failed to respond to Filipino overtures of accommodation and provoked a war with the revolutionary army. Back home, an impressive opposition to the war developed on largely ideological grounds, but in the end it was the interminable and increasingly bloody guerrilla warfare that disillusioned America in its imperialistic venture. This book presents a searching exploration of the history of America's reactions to Asian people, politics, and wars of independence."--Jacket.