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- DescriptionThis interdisciplinary case study invokes historical, sociological, and anthropological means to examine the ascendance of the United States to a world power in its first imperial venture. In the aftermath of the Spanish-American War of 1898 the U.S. acquired and occupied the Philippine Islands for nearly a half century in an attempt to install a democratic form of government, a capitalist ecomy, the Protestant religion, and a particular value system. Sport became a primary means to achieve such goals, fostered initially by the military, and then widely promoted in the schools and the YMCA. Competitive programs, including international athletic spectacles, channeled Filipi nationalism against Asian rivals rather than the American occupiers as guerrilla warfare ensued in the islands. The strategies learned in the Philippines, w kwn as soft power remain prominent factors in current American foreign policy.
- Author BiographyGerald R. Gems is professor at North Central College.
- Author(s)Gerald R. Gems
- PublisherLexington Books
- Date of Publication16/08/2016
- SubjectInternational Relations
- Place of PublicationLanham, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintLexington Books
- Weight481 g
- Width158 mm
- Height238 mm
- Spine20 mm
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