Making Moros: Imperial Historicism and American Military by Michael Hawkins

By Michael Hawkins

Making Moros deals a different examine the colonization of Muslim topics in the course of the early years of yankee rule within the southern Philippines. Hawkins argues that the ethnological discovery, association, and next colonial engineering of Moros used to be hugely contingent on constructing notions of time, heritage, and evolution, which eventually outdated simplistic notions approximately race. He additionally argues that this method was once hugely collaborative, with Moros engaging, informing, guiding, or even making an investment of their configuration as smooth topics. Drawing on a wealth of archival assets from either the United States and the Philippines, Making Moros offers a chain of compelling episodes and gripping proof to illustrate its thesis. Readers will locate themselves with an unusual realizing of the Philippines’ Muslim South past its traditional tangential position as a mere subset of yankee empire.

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Eventually American imperialists felt comfortable placing Moro servitude within the archaic feudal system of medieval Europeans. Though this took some of the sting out of Moro servitude as an inhumane practice and cause for colonial intervention, it did maintain the fundamental logic of American imperialism, which rested on universal and progressive historical contextualization. Finally, instances of misrepresentation and misinterpretation often troubled American imperialists as they crafted their ethnological and historicist narratives.

12 By codifying indigenous peoples and cultures, colonial officials felt they could access an essential scientific key to unraveling the Oriental mind and facilitate an efficient and unprecedented colonial project. ”13 Hence, whatever missteps or indiscretions may have been committed in the United States’ continental imperial past could now be rectified and even atoned for in the Philippines through the precision of scientific inquiry. The processes of collecting and codifying the various scientific details and material artifacts of Moro civilization (however mundane) provided a ­valuable 30 M a k i n g M o r o s corpus of knowledge that could be accessed and manipulated throughout the colonial period both to maintain and to validate the historicist assumptions of American imperialists.

After the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, Wood organized and led the famous “Rough Riders” as commanding officer though his second in command, Theodore Roosevelt, derived most of the glory from their endeavor. Wood later went on to become governor general of Cuba (1899–1902) before being transferred to the Philippines in 1903. Though his tenure in Mindanao and Sulu was characterized by a distinctly ethnocentric, elevated sense of colonial superiority and paternalistic discipline, his devotion to the success of Moro Province and the “advancement” of Filipino Muslims into modernity is beyond dispute.

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