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Master of Arts (MA)


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World's fairs and expositions were major social, political, economic, and cultural events in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. These events were places where colonial states could display their achievements in their colonies, as well as produce knowledge and organize people as part of / in aid of the colonial project. It is a generally agreed fact among historians that the colonial exhibits at world's fairs and expositions were often idealized representations, or even deliberate misrepresentations, of colonies and colonial projects. Examining world's fairs and expositions should shed light on how colonial states developed and displayed their colonial education policies, in this case for the Philippines: How did Spain envision a "good" Philippine society; how did the United States envision a "good" Philippine society (as seen through the 1887 Philippine Exposition in Madrid and the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair, respectively)--and what role was education to play in constructing these "good" societies?

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