Fighting for American Manhood: How Gender Politics Provoked the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars

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Yale University Press, 1998 M01 1 - 305 páginas
This groundbreaking book blends international relations and gender history to provide a new understanding of the Spanish-American and Philippine-American wars. Kristin L. Hoganson shows how gendered ideas about citizenship and political leadership influenced jingoist political leaders` desire to wage these conflicts, and she traces how they manipulated ideas about gender to embroil the nation in war.

She argues that racial beliefs were only part of the cultural framework that undergirded U.S. martial policies at the turn of the century. Gender beliefs, also affected the rise and fall of the nation`s imperialist impulse.
Drawing on an extensive range of sources, including congressional debates, campaign speeches, political tracts, newspapers, magazines, political cartoons, and the papers of politicians, soldiers, suffragists, and other political activists, Hoganson discusses how concerns about manhood affected debates over war and empire. She demonstrates that jingoist political leaders, distressed by the passing of the Civil War generation and by women`s incursions into electoral politics, embraced war as an opportunity to promote a political vision in which soldiers were venerated as model citizens and women remained on the fringes of political life. These gender concerns not only played an important role in the Spanish-American and Philippine-American wars, they have echoes in later time periods, says the author, and recognizing their significance has powerful ramifications for the way we view international relations. Yale Historical Publications

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In 1898, the United States entered a war with Spain to liberate Cuba from the European power's imperialist grasp. A few years later, it waged war against the Philippines--but this time to further its ... Leer comentario completo

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Introduction
1
The Manly Ideal of Politics and the Jingoist Desire for War
15
Cuba and the Restoration of American Chivalry
43
Honor Comes First The Congressional Debate over War
68
McKinleys Backbone The Coercive Power of Gender in Political Debate
88
The SpanishAmerican War and the Martial Ideal of Citizenship
107
The Problem of Male Degeneracy and the Allure of the Philippines
133
The National Manhood Metaphor and the Fight over the Fathers in the Philippine Debate
156
Imperial Degeneracy The Dissolution of the Imperialist Impulse
180
Engendering War
200
Notes
209
Bibliography
265
Index
297
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Kristin L. Hoganson is assistant professor of history and of history and literature at Harvard University.

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