Swish of the Kris, the Story of the Moros, Authorized and Enhanced Edition PDF (Adobe DRM) download by Christopher L Harris

Swish of the Kris, the Story of the Moros, Authorized and Enhanced Edition

Cerberus Corp
Publication date: January 2011
ISBN: 9780615382425
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This newly enhanced edition of Hurley's 1936 work traces the story of the Moros from pre-history to modern times, and is acknowledged to be a key to the understanding of the development of their culture. The book now contains photographs from the author's private collection never before published, and other new material including a new comprehensive index to this enthralling tale. The Moros, a relatively small Islamic population in the southern Philippine islands, particularly Mindanao and Sulu, have been at war with Spain and the other nations that have unsuccessfully tried to subjugate them, for more than four hundred years and continue this struggle today. The last foreign power to try to control these fiercely independent people was the United States, after the end of the Spanish-American War. The official and unofficial history of the Moros, as told by Hurley, describes the genesis of these violent and undisciplined fighters who do not fear death, rather they were fighters who sought death with religious fervor. This was America's first military experience with jungle and guerilla warfare and is studied today by military authorities and historians. American military tactics of the time were not only useless in the jungle against these fearless warriors, it was an advantage for the Moro fighters who could hide in ambush, attack in mass with blades flying and guns flaming, and then melt away on narrow jungle trails where the army could not go To reach an understanding of the forces of history that made the Moros the fearsome foes that they were and are. Hurley gives the reader hard facts, careful research, and vivid prose. Although Hurley was writing at a much earlier time and from a western viewpoint, there is no doubt about his respect and admiration for the character and convictions of the fighting Moros, and his disdain for the ineffective strategies and tactics of the US military. [322 pps, 19 new photographs and illustrations]
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