Book Launch of Edited Volume

At the launch event, come and hear summaries of the chapters, meet the authors, give your reviews and ask your questions. Additionally, we’ll be giving away three physical copies of the book through a trivia game based on questions from the book.

The 314pp full-colour digital copy of the book can be downloaded now at SOAS Research Online.


This edited volume explores the British Invasion of Manila and Cavite in 1762, offering a collection of peer-reviewed articles that highlight the enduring impact of this historical event on Spanish-ruled Philippines. Based on proceedings from the Annual Philippine Studies Conference at SOAS University of London, the articles contribute to historical discourse by focusing on unconventional sources of knowledge production and creating a resource book of primary source materials for further study. 

Going beyond methodologies and historical narratives produced by centres of power, the volume expands the occupation’s geographic influence from Batanes to Sulu, examines the socio-economic losses, reversals, and new opportunities arising before and after the invasion, and advances more productive ways of historicising the occupation by centring on issues of local agency and resistance.

Photo credit: Detail from Alegoría de la defensa de Filipinas por el alavés. Don Simón de Anda y Salazar. 1762-1763. Copyright held by the Photographic Archive of the Museum of Fine Arts of Álava. Used with permission.