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History of the Filipino History Book

History of the Filipino History Book

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by Vernon del Rosario Totanes

A thesis submitted in conformity with the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
2012

Contents: Abstract, Acknowledgments, Table of Contents
by Vernon del Rosario Totanes

A thesis submitted in conformity with the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
2012

Contents: Abstract, Acknowledgments, Table of Contents

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History of the Filipino History Book
byVernon del Rosario Totanes A thesis submitted in conformity with the requirementsfor the degree of Doctor of PhilosophyFaculty of InformationUniversity of Toronto© Copyright by Vernon del Rosario Totanes 2012
 
 
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History of the Filipino History Book
Vernon del Rosario TotanesDoctor of PhilosophyFaculty of InformationUniversity of Toronto2012
 Abstract
Studies of Philippine historiography often trace the emergence of history books written byFilipinos—or, more simply, Filipino history books—to the influence of Spanish and Americancolonialism, and the rise of Filipino nationalism. In most cases, the names of historians and thetitles of their works figure prominently in discussions devoted primarily to texts and/or their authors’ backgrounds, while the names of their publishers and other bibliographical details areeither relegated to the footnotes or dispensed with altogether. This study proposes an alternative,complementary approach that seeks to enrich the study of Philippine historiography byreconstructing the history of the Filipino history book using the framework of the disciplineknown as “book history,” and Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of the field of cultural production.The histories of three books, namely, Jose Rizal’s annotated edition of 
Sucesos de las Islas Filipinas
(1890), Leandro Fernandez’s
 A Brief History of the Philippines
(1919), and whatis now commonly known as Teodoro Agoncillo’s
 History of the Filipino People
(1960), are presented as case studies through which the evolution of the Filipino history book as a materialobject and commodity, and not merely as a text to be read or interpreted, may be better understood. Each book represents a different period in the evolution of the study of Philippinehistory by Filipinos, and was published in multiple editions over several decades.
 
 
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By examining the prevailing conditions throughout each book’s life cycle, thecontributions of agents other than their authors, the struggles that accompanied their publicationand distribution, and the evidence that may be gleaned from the books themselves, thisdissertation shows that Spanish and American colonialism, and Filipino nationalism, did shapethe development of Philippine historiography from the late nineteenth century to the twentiethcentury, but it also reveals that the Catholic Church played an important role in the productionand circulation of books regardless of who was in power, and that struggles between agentsinvolved in the historical field have affected the history of the discipline in ways that have yet to be fully acknowledged.

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