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The Fight for Liberty: Notes on Andres Bonifacio and the Beginning of the Philippine Revolution

The Fight for Liberty: Notes on Andres Bonifacio and the Beginning of the Philippine Revolution

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By Jim Richardson (Author)


This book is in two parts. The first gives a detailed chronology of Andres Bonifacio's life, focusing on the foundation and growth of the Katipunan (1892-1896); the start of the revolution in the Manila area (August to November 1896); and the months Bonifacio spent with the revolutionists in Cavite (November 1896 to May 1897). The part concludes with a moving account by his widow Gregoria de Jesus, hitherto unpublished in full, of the events that led to his tragic killing. 

The second part of the book comprises four essays on the start of the revolution, describing in turn the Katipunan's initial battle plans, as discussed in the weeks prior to the outbreak; the famed "Cry" of August 1896; the initial skirmish with the Guardia Civil on 26 August; and the first major engagement with Spanish forces on 30 August.  

This volume looks afresh at historical terrain that is well-trodden yet still passionately contested. Drawing on fresh as well as familiar sources, it seeks to offer a chronicle of events that is as clear, factual and authoritative as the current "state of the field" allows. 

About the Author

Jim Richardson is an independent scholar whose research focuses on Philippine nationalism and radicalism in the 19th and 20th centuries. He obtained his Ph.D. degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. His publications include Roots of Dependency: Political and Economic Revolution in 19th Century Philippines (co-authored with Jonathan Fast); Komunista: The Genesis of the Philippine Communist Party, 1902-1935;, and The Light of Liberty: Documents and Studies on the Katipunan, 1892-1897. He lives in London.

  • Author and Publisher: Jim Richardson , National Historical Commission of the Philippines (2023)
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  • ISBN: 9789715383684
  • Weight: 23 oz
  • Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.30 inches
  • Publisher: National Historical Commission of the Philippines
  • Year: 2023
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 333
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