About the book:
In Malolos: The Crisis of the Republic, Teodoro A. Agoncillo starts where his previous book, The Revolt of the Masses: The Story of Bonifacio and the Katipunan, ends.
Agoncillo, in an impressive display of his historical techniques, gives the reader the struggles within the Philippine Revolutionary Government. He expands on the theme of his previous book, namely, the conflict between the “haves” and “have nots”, and brings into full play the economic as well as the social motivations of the parties concerned. Sparing no one, Agoncillo, with the historian’s impartiality, unmasks the selfish ilustrado class in their attempts at compromise which ultimately weakened Aguinaldo’s hand. After reading his chapters on the crucial period of the Malolos Republic, one gains a new attitude towards men like Paterno, Pardo de Tavera, Buencamino, Legarda, Araneta, and others whom history has hitherto presented as heroes. The well-documented account of the extended negotiations between the Americans and Aguinaldo is one of the high points of the book. The author brings into sharp relief certain American maneuvers which other historians have glossed over or chosen to overlook.
Publisher: University of the Philippines Press
Publication Date: 1997
Size: 230 x 155mm
About the author:
Teodoro A. Agoncillo was one of the pre-eminent Filipino historians of the 20th century. He and his contemporary Renato Constantino were among the first Filipino historians who earned renown for promoting a distinctly nationalist point of view of Filipino history (nationalist historiography). He was also an essayist and a poet.
In 1956, he published his seminal work, Revolt of the Masses: The Story of Bonifacio and the Katipunan, a history of the 1896 Katipunan-led revolt against Spanish rule and its leader, Andres Bonifacio. He garnered acclaim for this book, as well as criticisms from more conservative historians discomforted by the work’s nationalist, perhaps even Marxist bent.
In 1958, Agoncillo was invited to join the faculty of the Department of HIstory of the University of the Philippines. He remained with the university until his retirement in 1977, chairing the Department of History from 1963 to 1969. Philippine President Diosdado Macapagal named Agoncillo as a member of the National Historical Institute in 1963. He served in this capacity until his death in 1985.