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"This masterful portrait of Cotabato and Davao gives us not only a model for the future research into local politics, but also a model of the kind of historical analysis upon which future reform of national politics depends. Focusing on Cotabato and Davao from 1900 to 1972, Abinales provides an extremely rich and engaging account of the distinctivess of state formation in the souther Philippines in the early American colonial era, the relations of 'mutual accomodation' linking the central state and local powerholders into the early postcolonial republic, and the roots of the two rebellions--Muslim secessionist and communist--that have caused so much bloodshed and suffering in Mindanao since the 1970's The book's analysis contributes valubale insights to a range of comparative literatures, including state formation, comparative colonialism, state-society relations, the politics of identity, and local politics." ---Paul D. Hutchcroft University of Wisconsin-Madison [via]