Domestic hierarchies and international images
: a social psychology framework to explain the impact of nationalist beliefs on American foreign policy in the Asia-pacific, 1898-1949

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


This dissertation theorizes and explores four different social psychological mechanisms through which nationalism shapes foreign policy. By employing two methods of inference – the methods of the structured, focused comparison and process-tracing – these mechanisms are tested against three historical cases of American foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific: the annexation of the Philippines in 1898; the policy of non-recognition towards Japan’s occupation of Manchuria in 1932; and the support to anti-Communist forces in China in 1949. The in-depth investigation of these episodes, enriched by the use of underexploited and recently declassified evidence, offers novel interpretations that would hopefully encourage a re-assessment of previous findings. Moreover, this work provides new insights into the impact of nationalism on American foreign policy and grand strategy in the Asia-Pacific.
Date of Award1 Apr 2021
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • King's College London
SupervisorGreg Kennedy (Supervisor)

Cite this