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Description - The Philippines by David Joel Steinberg

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 Philippinessuch as the rise and fall of Ferdinand Marcos or the revolution that toppled himwithout 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813337555
ISBN-10: 0813337550
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publish Date: 31-Mar-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David Joel Steinberg

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.