Thursday 8 May 2014, 1.00 - 2.30pm, Room B13, 32 Lincolns Inn Fields (LIF)
Speaker: Professor Andrew Rotter; Chair: Professor Matthew Jones
American attitudes towards their empire in the Philippines were deeply shaped by notions of civilisation derived from sensory perceptions of themselves and others. The islands’ rough and tangled terrain, suffocating heat and humidity, and the allegedly dangerous bodily contact Americans had with the Philippine people all conspired to confirm suspicions that the islands were not sufficiently civilised for self-government. Only after the land could be smoothed, the air made less oppressive, and the people less rough-skinned and disease-prone, could the United States consider independence for the archipelago.
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Professor Andrew Rotter is Charles A. Dana Professor of History at Colgate University, USA.
Professor Matthew Jones is Professor of International History at LSE.
B13, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields (LIF), London School of Economics.