George Kennan and the Dilemmas of US Foreign Policy

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Overview

One of a select group of American foreign service officers to receive specialized training on the Soviet Union in the late 1920s and early 1930s, George Frost Kennan eventually became the American government's chief expert on Soviet affairs during the height of the Cold War.
Drawing upon a wealth of original research, David Mayers' fascinating life of George Kennan examines his high-level participation in foreign policy-making and interprets his political and philosophical development within a historical framework. Mayers presents an engaging and lucid account of Kennan's training; his rise to prominence during the late 1940s and his policy failures; and his later roles as critic of America's external policy, advocate of détente with the Soviet Union, and proponent of nuclear arms limitation. Mayers also explores Kennan's complicated relationships with such important political figures and analysts as Dean Acheson, John Foster Dulles, and Walter Lippmann.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195063189
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

David Mayers is Associate Professor of Political Science at Boston University. He is the author of Cracking the Monolith: U.S. Policy Against the Sino-Soviet Alliance, 1945-55 and co-editor of Reevaluating Eisenhower: American Foreign Policy in the 1950s.

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Table of Contents

Chronology xiii
Introduction 3
I Early Career
1. Early Influences and Development 15
2. First Tour in the Soviet Union 29
3. Criticisms and Recommendations 48
4. Nazi Germany and the Future of Europe 64
5. Soviet War Aims and the Grand Alliance 86
II Making Foreign Policy
6. Containment and the Primacy of Diplomacy 105
7. Cold War in Europe 132
8. Far Eastern Dilemmas 161
9. Two Ambassadorships 189
III On the Sidelines
10. Cold War Critic 219
11. America and the Third World 245
12. War and Protest 275
13. Detente and the Nuclear Arms Race 293
14. Diplomacy and the Politics of Amelioration 317
Notes 333
Bibliography 375
Index 395
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