After declaring victory in the bloody Philippine-American War around Luzon and the North, US forces turned south to subdue the Muslim communities and Datus. Moros are only about five percent of the official Philippines population, yet the Americans organized a decades-long campaign to colonize these people. Commonly known as the ‘Moro Wars’, this period left a complicated military and cultural legacy. But why did the United States strive so hard to control the southern archipelago? How did Americans understand their role around Mindanao?
Professor Oliver Charbonneau joins us to discuss the various objectives and context of this long and winding period. Charbonneau researches and teaches the history of US foreign relations at the University of Glasgow. His specialist interests include colonial empire, transimperial and transnational exchanges, global histories of violence, and race in the Gilded Age / Progressive Era. Most of his writing focuses on the period between 1865 and 1939 and he is presently working on a project about the global history of industrial education. You can read more his book on the Southern Philippines here.
Produced by Joseph Hawthorne