MOROLAND: The History of Uncle Sam and the Moros 1899-1920 Robert A. Fulton

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Published: March 2nd 2011

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MOROLAND: The History of Uncle Sam and the Moros 1899-1920 by Robert A. Fulton
March 2nd 2011 | Nook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 524 pages | ISBN: | 5.41 Mb

Moroland is the lost history of the once-famed struggle between the United States Army and the wild Moros, the Muslim peoples of the southern Philippine islands. Lasting over two decades, it was this countrys first sustained encounter with aMoreMoroland is the lost history of the once-famed struggle between the United States Army and the wild Moros, the Muslim peoples of the southern Philippine islands.

Lasting over two decades, it was this countrys first sustained encounter with a volatile mixture of nation-building, insurgency, counterinsurgency, and militant Islamism. A byproduct of the Spanish-American War, the task of subduing and then civilizing the Land of the Moros, a land area larger than Ireland, was delegated to the U.S.

Army. Working through the traditional ruling hierarchy and respecting an ancient system of laws based on the Quran, Moro Province became an autonomous, military-governed Islamic colony within a much larger, overwhelmingly Christian territory.

For three years it was a successful and bloodless occupation, but trouble arrived in mid-1903 when the American objective transitioned to a grand experiment: an audacious plan to transform and remake Moro society, values, and culture in an American image- placing the Moros on an uncertain and ill-defined path towards eventual integration in a Western-style democracy. The Moros reacted with obstinate and unyielding resistance to what they perceived as a deliberate attack on the religion of Islam and a way of life ordained by God. The constant stream of battles and expeditions that followed over the next ten years is known in U.S.

Army history as the Moro Campaigns. In violence and ferocity they may have equaled, if not surpassed, the more famous late-19th Century Indian Wars of the Great Plains. Despite seeming victory after victory on the battlefield, pacification of the Moros remained a distant and elusive goal.

Gradually the Army was replaced as the principal instrument for achieving law and order over the troubled province by the famed Moro Constabulary and the Philippine Scouts- native troops led by American and European officers. In 1914, the US Army left Moroland altogether, replaced by a civil government and a major increase in the Constabulary. Despite proving far more effective than the Army, Moro resistance to what they perceived to be outside rule continued (for that matter it has not abated to this day). In 1920 the last American Governor left and control over Moroland was handed over to the Filipino-dominated colonial legislature.

The backdrop is a bustling, raucous, newly-prosperous nation finding its way as a world and imperial power. But with this new-found status came a near-religious belief that the active spread of Americas institutions, values, and form of government, even when achieved through coercion or force, would create a better world.

A subplot is a deep and bitter rivalry between two of its most prominent players, Capt. John J. Pershing and General Leonard Wood, born only one month apart, each championing markedly opposed military philosophies. Eventually they would compete to lead one-million American doughboys into the cauldron of the worlds first Great War.

Few Americans are aware that a century later the U.S. military quietly returned to Moroland, to battle radical Islamist terrorism- using Army Green Berets, Navy Seals, and other elite forces. It is the smallest of the fronts of the global war on terror and the least-covered or critically examined. It leads the reader to an obvious question: are we avoiding or are we repeating our own past?



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