The Philippines: A Singular and a Plural Place

Front Cover
Basic Books, Jan 1, 2000 - History - 272 pages
1 Review
A unified nation with a single people, the Philippines is also a highly fragmented, plural society. Divided between uplander and lowlander, rich and poor, Christian and Muslim, between those of one ethnic, linguistic, and geographic region and those of another, the nation is a complex mosaic formed by conflicting forces of consensus and national identity and of division and instability.It is not possible to comprehend the many changes in the Philippines—such as the rise and fall of Ferdinand Marcos or the revolution that toppled him—without an awareness of the religious, cultural, and economic forces that have shaped the history of these islands. These forces formed the focus of the first edition of The Philippines. Of that 1982 edition, the late Benigno Aquino Jr., noted that “anyone wanting to understand the Philippines and the Filipinos today must include this book in his ‘must’ reading list.”The fourth edition has been updated through the final years of the Ramos presidency, and contains a new section on the impact of President Estrada.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Related books

Contents

THE RULES OF THE ROAD
1
THIS VERY BEAUTIFUL PEARL
11
Sugar Hemp and Coconut
19
Other Crops and Resources
26
A SINGULAR AND A PLURAL FOLK
37
The Mestizos
44
The Function of Education
50
THE SEARCH FOR A USABLE PAST
53
THE MARCOS ERA
115
Martial Law
121
The Communist Insurgency
127
New Players and Old
134
Disease and Decay
140
THE ACE OF AQUINO
151
Prosperity and Stability
167
Nationalism Resurgent
175

The Nineteenth Century
60
IlustradoAmerican Collaboration
66
The American Interregnum
73
The Local Tradition
85
Religion Today
93
COLLABORATION
101
The Old Order
109
A Democratic Conclusion
181
Change and Stasis
187
National Stability
201
The Endgame
207
Security and Insecurity
215
Glossary
223
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (2000)

David Joel Steinberg is president of Long Island University and author of Philippine Collaboration in World War II winner of the University Press Award in 1969, and co-author of In-Search of Southeast Asia. He has consulted for the Ford Foundation, the United Nations Fund for Population Activities, and the United States government and has testified often before Congress on Philippine matters.

Bibliographic information