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

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2000-08-11
  • Publisher: Yale University Press

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Blending gender, political, and foreign policy history, this groundbreaking book offers a new understanding of the Spanish-American and Philippine-American wars. The author shows how gender concerns influenced political leaders and how gendered arguments helped shape turn-of-the-century debates over war and empire.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
List of Abbreviations
Introduction 1(14)
The Manly Ideal of Politics and the Jingoist Desire for War
Cuba and the Restoration of American Chivalry
``Honor Comes First'': The Congressional Debate over War
McKinley's Backbone: The Coercive Power of Gender in Political Debate
The Spanish-American War and the Martial Ideal of Citizenship
The Problem of Male Degeneracy and the Allure of the Philippines
The National Manhood Metaphor and the Fight over the Fathers in the Philippine Debate
Imperial Degeneracy: The Dissolution of the Imperialist Impulse
Conclusion: Engendering War 200(9)
Notes 209(56)
Bibliography 265(32)
Index 297

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