julian go

assistant professor
boston university

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The American Colonial State in the Philippines: Global Perspectives
Duke University Press, 2003
Asia Edition: Anvil Press, 2005
Julian Go and Anne Foster (eds.).


“Although the book is intended for a scholarly audience, it is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the debate about American imperialism.”
    -Diana L. Ahmad, History: Review of New Books

“Published in the year of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, this book…is long overdue. […] …an excellent first step in looking at both the United States as a colonial power and the Philippines as a colony. …the various essays explore tantalizing glimpses of historical movements, events, and ongoing issues that provide food for thought in our own time and inspiration for further historical research.”
    _Barabar Gaerlan, Journal of Asian Studies

“…informative and persuasive essays... […] This edited volume goes a long way in helping the reader understand how America’s colonization of the Philippines decisively linked it to the region and the other colonial powers found there…making the book an essential read for Philippines specialists and a provocative, but very open-ended, exercise for area scholars and historians who would also benefit from the insights found in this collection.”
    -Richard Baxstrom, American Studies International

“…pregnant with new interpretations of old issues regarding the U.S. colonial state in the Philippines. […] The point is to look at the U.S. colonial state in a global perspective, to put it in the context of the global phenomenon of imperialism in the late nineteenth century. The book successfully shows that the United States, while claiming to be different from others as far as its rule over the Philippines was concerned, was nevertheless aware that it was part of this global phenomenon, and its policies of state building were fashioned within a transimperial and interimperial milieu.[…] Anyone interested in state building and the American period in the Philippines should carefully read each chapter. He/she may find each one deeply engrossing and thought provoking.”
    -Lyida N. Yu Jose, Diplomatic History Review

"...an innovative collection of comparative essays on U.S. turn-of-the-century imperialism..."
   -Lanny Thompson, Pacific Historical Review

"All of the essays draw on the insights of social history and cultural studies, though never are they so filled with jargon as to be inaccessible. All are sophisticated, well-argued, well-written pieces of scholarship."
     -Kenton Clymer, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society


"This superb collection of essays provides a necessary background for the stories that jump off today‘s front pages—a supposedly wondrous American 'empire,' the hidden dilemmas of nation-building, drug-trafficking, colliding cultures, and a touching faith in American exceptionalism. As analyzed by some of our best younger scholars, we can now see clearly—and learn from—what happened to that earlier generation who set out to make the United States an imperial power."—Walter LaFeber, Cornell University

"This is an important and distinctive work. As an earlier discourse for understanding the diffusion of modernizing influences, technology, and global exchange, imperialism is the most important precursor to today‘s globalized economy and culture. Yet there are few studies of imperialism (and particularly American imperialism) that are broadly comparative or contextual. Filling this blank spot on the map, The American Colonial State in the Philippines will be of interest to a wide audience."—Nick Cullather, author of Illusions of Influence: The Political Economy of United States-Philippines Relations, 1942-1960



Julian Go received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago. Currently he is an assistant professor of sociology at Boston University. Previously he was an Academy Scholar at the Academy for International and Area Studies of Harvard University.

Anne Foster received her Ph.D. in history from Cornell University. She is currently assistant professor of history at Indiana State.


Introduction: Global Perspectives on the U.S. Colonial State in the Philippines / Julian Go

Empires, Exceptions, and Anglo-Saxons: Race and Rule between the British and U.S. Empires, 1880-1910 / Paul A. Kramer

Models for Governing: Opium and Colonial Policies in Southeast Asia, 1898-1910 / Anne L. Foster

Inheriting the “Moro Problem”: Muslim Authority and Colonial Rule in British Malaya and the Philippines / Donna J. Amoroso

Progressive-Machine Conflict in Early-Twentieth-Century U.S. Politics and Colonial-State Building in the Philippines / Patricio N. Abinales

The Chains of Empire: State Building and “Political Education” in Puerto Rico and the Philippines / Julian Go

“They Have for the Coast Dwellers a Traditional Hatred”: Governing Igorots in Northern Luzon and Central Taiwan, 1985-1915 / Paul Barclay

Methods of Domination and Modes of Resistance: The U.S. Colonial State and Philippine Mobilization in Comparative Perspective / Vince Boudreau

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