Daniel J. Burge, Ph.D.
The Washington Doctrine: A Continental History, 1800-1920
Daniel J. Burge is an associate editor at the Kentucky Historical Society. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Alabama and recently published his first book: A Failed Vision of Empire: The Collapse of Manifest Destiny, 1845-1872 (with the University of Nebraska Press). His second book project will analyze how Americans deployed Washington’s Farewell Address during times of conflict. Moving from the War of 1812, where Federalists used Washington’s warning to argue against war with Britain, through the U.S.-Mexican War, where Whigs redeployed similar points, all the way to World War I, this project shows that opponents of interventionism routinely wielded the Washington Doctrine to protest armed conflict. Although in its early stages, this project will restore the Washington Doctrine to its rightful place alongside the Monroe Doctrine as one of the foundational pieces of U.S. foreign policy.