Date of Award

Fall 2008

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Hay, Carla H.

Second Advisor

Marten, James


This dissertation is a comparative study of Anglo-American public opinion of the 1898 Spanish-American War, the Philippine insurrection of 1899 - 1902 provoked by American occupation, and Britain's war with the Boers in South Africa, 1899 - 1902. Earlier studies have not been nearly so comprehensive, examining public opinion from either Britain's point of view or that from the united States, but not both. Further, what is aimed at here is not what Britons thought of their war in South Africa, but what Americans professed and believed about the conflict. Conversely, we are concerned about what Britons thought of the entry of the United States upon the world stage as an imperial power in Cuba and in the Philippines. The imperial ventures of both nations as reflected in public opinion is the focus of this study. Much has been done in this field. Yet so much of what has been done revolves around themes that to this point have existed in isolation from one another. As such, this study is also a work of synthesis, drawing together work in a number of areas...



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