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Civilizational Imperatives: Americans, Moros, and the Colonial World

Oliver Charbonneau


This book reveals the little-known history of the United States' colonization of the Philippines' Muslim South in the early twentieth century. Often referred to as Moroland, the Sulu Archipelago and the island of Mindanao were sites of intense US engagement and laboratories of colonial modernity during an age of global imperialism. Exploring the complex relationship between colonizer and colonized from the late nineteenth century until the eve of the Second World War, the book argues that American power in the Islamic Philippines rested upon a transformative vision of colonial rule. Civilizati ... More

Keywords: Islamic Philippines, colonization, Moroland, Sulu Archipelago, Mindanao, global imperialism, American power, colonial rule, racial reform, US settler conquest

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501750724
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501750724.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Oliver Charbonneau, author
University of Glasgow