War and Resistance in the Philippines, 1942–1944
War and Resistance in the Philippines, 1942–1944 repairs the fragmentary and incomplete history of events in the Philippine Islands between the surrender of Allied forces in May 1942 and MacArthur’s return in October 1944. No book has comprehensively examined the Filipino resistance during this crucial period.Here, James Kelly Morningstar provides for the first time a comprehensive history of the protracted fighting by 260,000 guerrillas in 277 units across the archipelago.
War and Resistance in the Philippines, 1942–1944 concludes with a brief discussion of legacies of the guerrilla resistance. MacArthur’s return reestablished the power of American and Filipino political elites. Guerrillas and other citizens who had experienced exceptional hardship now had to fight for recognition. However, the war had resulted in a more united Philippine national identity along with new political institutions to repair the divisions between the formerly exiled government, the collaborationists, and the members of resistance. These momentous years of struggle in the Philippines changed the tide of history and challenge our understanding of war and resistance.