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Alex Bryne

PhD in American Studies and History, Faculty of Arts

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Research Summary

Current Status

PhD (full-time) - currently registered

Research Topic

Hegemony, Pan-Americanism and National Security: The Meaning and Application of the Monroe Doctrine in the Early Twentieth Century

Research Summary

My thesis seeks to trace the history of the Monroe Doctrine during the early twentieth century and examine how its meaning and application evolved between the Spanish-American War of 1898 and its centennial anniversary in 1923. Focusing on the ways in which the United States decision-making class debated and reinterpreted the Monroe Doctrine during this period, my research aims to demonstrate that the doctrine served as a national security framework through which Americans attempted to understand the role of the United States in the world. As a variety of new reinterpretations of the Monroe Doctrine were debated, its meaning began to break apart, reflecting the tensions between notions of regional hegemony and inter-American cooperation in United States foreign relations.

Research Interests

Late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century United States foreign relations; Pan-Americanism; imperialism.

Research Supervisors

Dr. Bevan Sewell and Dr. Maria Ryan

Primary Funding Source

School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies Postgraduate Studentship

Research Clusters

Politics and Foreign Policy

Academic Organisation Membership

British Association of American Studies (BAAS)

British American Nineteenth Century Historians (BrANCH)

Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS)

The Society for the Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR)

Papers Presented

A Hemispheric Alternative: Proposals for an American League of Nations and the Limits of Pan-Americanism - 1916-1923, Historians of the Twentieth Century United States Annual Conference 2017, University College Dublin (16-18 June 2017).

A Phantom Peril: The Perception of German Threats to United States Interests in the Western Hemisphere and the Reinterpretation of the Monroe Doctrine - 1898-1919, British American Nineteenth Century Historians Annual Conference 2016, University of Cambridge (28-30 October 2016).

'What We Owe to the Monroe Doctrine': Maintaining and Reframing the Monroe Doctrine During the First World War, International History and Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century Postgraduate Conference, Liverpool John Moores University (15 July 2016).

'Practical Pan-Americanism': John Barrett's Collaborative Efforts to Bolster Pan-American Consciousness within the United States, British Association of American Studies Postgraduate Conference 2015, University of Glasgow (5 December 2015).

After One Hundred Years of Service: The Meaning of the Monroe Doctrine at its Centennial - 1923, British American Nineteenth Century Historians and Historians of the Twentieth Century United States Annual Conference 2014, University of Reading (5-7 September 2014).

Additional Information

Reviews Editor for 49th Parallel: An Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies (2012 to 2017).

Member of the organising committee for 'Homeward Bound: Nation, Belonging and the American Home,' British and Irish Association of American Studies Postgraduate Conference 2013, University of Nottingham (7-8 December 2013).

Academic History

MA History - University of Leicester

BA (Hons) International Relations and History - University of Leicester

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