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Overview

Drawing on his diplomatic experience and expertise, George F. Kennan offers an informed, plain-spoken appraisal of United States foreign policy. His evaluations of diplomatic history and international relations cut to the heart of policy issues much debated today.

This expanded edition retains the lectures and essays first published in 1951 as American Diplomacy, 1900-1950 and adds two lectures delivered in 1984 as well as a new preface by the author. In these additional pieces, Kennan explains how some of his ideas have changed over the years. He confronts the events and topics that have come to occupy American opinion in the last thirty years, including the development and significance of the Cold War, the escalation of the nuclear arms race, and the American involvement in Vietnam.

"A book about foreign policy by a man who really knows something about foreign policy."—James Reston,New York Times Book Review

"These celebrated lectures, delivered at the University of Chicago in 1950, were for many years the most widely read account of American diplomacy in the first half of the twentieth century. . . . The second edition of the work contains two lectures from 1984 that reconsider the themes of American Diplomacy"—Foreign Affairs, Significant Books of the Last 75 Years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226431475
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 3/15/1985
  • Series: Walgreen Foundation Lectures Series
  • Edition description: Expanded edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 187
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

George F. Kennan, former ambassador to the Soviet Union and to Yugoslavia, is Professor Emeritus in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey.
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Table of Contents

Foreword, 1985
Foreword Part I Charles R. Walgreen Foundation Lectures I. The War with Spain II. Mr. Hippisley and the Open Door III. America and the Orient IV. World War I V. World War II VI. Diplomacy in the Modern World Part II The Sources of Soviet Conduct America and the Russian Future Part III Grinnell Lectures I. Reflections on the Walgreen Lectures II. American Diplomacy and the Military
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2003

    Excellent Overview of Foreign Policy 1900-1950

    In a clearly organized book, Kennan examines the critical points of international diplomacy between the United States and the rest of the world. I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in American diplomacy.

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