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Orientalists, Propagandists, and IlustradosFilipino Scholarship and the End of Spanish Colonialism$
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Megan C. Thomas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816671908

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816671908.001.0001

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Worldly Colonials

Worldly Colonials

Ilustrado Thought and Historiography

(p.1) Introduction Worldly Colonials
Orientalists, Propagandists, and Ilustrados

Megan C. Thomas

University of Minnesota Press

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the book’s main themes. This book examines the extraordinary flowering of scholarly writing about the peoples and history of the Philippines, written by young Filipinos in the years preceding the Philippine Revolution. It seeks to explain how young colonial subjects could produce such scholarship, what appeal these scholarly pursuits held for them, and what political significance the writings had for their contemporaries. These writings show that the political meanings of scholarly and intellectual traditions are shaped by their content and methods, though not wholly determined by them. These young Filipinos drew on a set of scholarly practices—linguistics (philology), folklore, ethnology—that were part of European Orientalism and nineteenth-century racial sciences and, in turn, associated with European colonial pretensions.

Keywords:   Philippine Revolution, scholarly writings, Philippine history, European Orientalism

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