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Associate Professor of History

Vanderbilt University
1211 22Nd Avenue South
Nashville, Tennessee 37232
United States

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765: Ramps, Vices, Levers and Funnels | This Is Hell!, 6 Sept 2013 [cached]
Anthony DiMaggio, Brian Foley, Chuck Mertz, Jeff Dorchen, Joy Gordon, Maia Bloomfield Cucchiara, Marc Flury, Paul Kramer, Richard Norwood
In the New Yorker piece A Useful Corner of the World: Guantanamo,Paul Kramer explains how America ended up running a prison in a country it considered an enemy.
Paul Kramer is an associate professor of US history at Vanderbilt University. He is the author of The Blood of Government: Race, Empire, the United States and the Philippines. You can also find a longer version of his Guantanamo story over at his website.
Radio Diaries » About Radio Diaries, 24 July 2013 [cached]
Paul Kramer, Associate Professor of History, Vanderbilt University
Officers and Committees | American Studies Association, 7 April 2009 [cached]
Chair: Paul Kramer, Vanderbilt University
Historian Paul Kramer, in ..., 13 April 2006 [cached]
Historian Paul Kramer, in his new book "The Blood of Government: Race, Empire, the United States and the Philippines" (University of North Carolina Press), details the long-forgotten history of the Philippine-American war and the 40-year occupation that followed.He argues that the Philippine adventure in many ways "rhymes" with the current U.S. occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Among the "eerier similarities," said Kramer, professor of history at The Johns Hopkins University:
"I'm not surprised at these parallels," Kramer said."Indeed, what's remarkable is our persistence in suppressing the memory of this earlier war, a persistence that I think is all that makes debacles like the present one 'surprising.'"
The U.S. experience in Vietnam is another example of the nation's inability to focus on the lessons of the Philippine-American War, he said.
"In all three conflicts," Kramer said, "U.S. officials predicted easy victories, underestimated guerrilla forces and, arrogantly assuming their objectives were universally shared, were shocked when U.S. troops were not greeted as 'liberators.'"
Kramer describes in "The Blood of Government," to be published April 17, how the Philippine-American War began in the unsettled aftermath of the Spanish-American War, the 1898 conflict that Secretary of State John Hay dubbed "a splendid little war."
Dewey's Pacific Squadron quickly defeated Spanish naval forces at Manila Bay, but the question remained, Kramer said, how U.S. forces should engage with a Philippine revolutionary movement that broke from Spain in June 1898 and declared the first republic in Asia.
It would in no sense be either "splendid" or "little," Kramer said.
Despite military censorship, word of U.S. atrocities traveled back home and was spread by anti-war activists organized into an Anti-Imperialist League, Kramer said.
Kramer's 538-page book deals both with the invasion and the occupation, telling of the first-ever attempt by U.S. forces to engage in overseas "nation-building" in collaboration with a local elite, even in the midst of ongoing violence.
"I did most of the research long before 9/11 or the U.S. invasion of Iraq," Kramer said, "and in many ways I was overtaken by the eruption of a new, aggressive imperial moment just as I was completing my manuscript on an eerily similar one just over a century ago."
"The challenge," he said, "has been to remain true to the idiosyncrasy and integrity of the past while trying to comment subtly and critically on the present: to allow the past and present to touch without subordinating my account of the earlier U. S. invasion to the questions being asked of the present conflict."
Empires, Exceptions, and Anglo-Saxons, by ..., 1 Mar 2002 [cached]
Empires, Exceptions, and Anglo-Saxons, by Paul Kramer
Paul A. Kramer is assistant professor in the Department of History of the Johns Hopkins University. Earlier drafts of this paper were presented at the Anthropology Colloquium of Johns Hopkins University (March 1999), the joint Johns Hopkins-University of Maryland Departmental Seminar (April 1999), the Organization of American Historians meeting (April 2000), the "Pairing Empires" conference at Johns Hopkins (November 2000), and the Atlantic Seminar at the University of Pittsburgh (December 2000).
Readers may contact Kramer at .
On inter-imperial policy exchanges, see Paul A. Kramer, "The World's Work: The Uses of European Colonialism in the American Colonial Philippines," paper delivered at the European Southeast Asian Studies Conference, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Sept. 2001 (in Kramer's possession).
On the tensions of race within U.S. foreign policy and empire building, see Gerald Horne, "Race from Power: U.S. Foreign Policy and the General Crisis of 'White Supremacy,'" Diplomatic History, 23 (Summer 1999), 437-61; Harvey Neptune, "White Lies: Race and Sexuality in Occupied Trinidad," Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History, 2 (Spring 2001) (Jan. 14, 2002); and Paul Kramer, "Making Concessions: Race and Empire Revisited at the Philippine Exposition, St. Louis, 1901-5," Radical History Review, 73 (Winter 1999), 74-114.
39 See Stuart Creighton Miller, "Benevolent Assimilation": The American Conquest of the Philippines,1899-1903 (New Haven, 1982); Brian M. Linn, The Philippine War, 1899-1902 (Lawrence, 2000); Angel Velasco Shaw and Luis Francia, eds., Vestiges of War: The Philippine-American War and the Aftermath of an Imperial Dream, 1899- 1999 (New York, 2000); and Paul A. Kramer, "Invincible Ignorance: Knowledge and the Philippine-American War, 1899-1902," paper presented at the Philippine Social Science Council Conference, Quezon City, July 2000 (in Kramer's possession).
Go and Foster; and Paul A. Kramer, "Reflex Actions: Toward a Transnational History of U.S. Imperial Progressivism," paper presented at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, July 2001 (in Kramer's possession).
Paul A. Kramer, "Empires, Exceptions, and Anglo-Saxons: Race and Rule between the British and United States Empires, 1880-1910," Journal of American History, 88 (March 2002), 1315-53.
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