George Kennan And the Dilemmas of Us Foreign Policy

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Oxford University Press, Incorporated, 1988 - Biography & Autobiography - 402 pages
This political-intellectual biography is the first to consider the thought of George Frost Kennan in the context of his many years of government service and subsequent political counsel. Drawing on in-depth and original research in a variety of archival collections, Mayers presents a comprehensive, critical review of Kennan's participation in foreign policy--from fledgling diplomat in Moscow in 1933 to respected critic on the sidelines. Stressing throughout the various intellectual and political sources of Kennan's analyses and recommendations, Mayers first details Kennan's early career, the formation of his personality, and intellectual influences through the end of World War II. He then analyzes the important period from 1946 to 1950, when Kennan was acknowledged as the American government's chief expert on Soviet affairs and held a high level place in the day-to-day formulation of foreign policy. Finally, Mayers discusses Kennan's record after his retirement as a critic of America's external policy, particularly his support of a policy of sensible detente and nuclear arms limitation as the only alternative to global destruction. The most exhaustive account to date of a towering figure in American postwar foreign policy, diplomacy, and intellectual history, this book will attract a wide readership among students, scholars, and general readers.

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Contents

EARLY CAREER
8
Early Influences and Development
15
First Tour in the Soviet Union
29
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David Mayers teaches at Boston University, where he holds a joint professorship in the History and Political Science departments. His previous books include Cracking the Monolith: US Policy Against the Sino Soviet Alliance, 1949 1955 (1986), George Kennan and the Dilemmas of US Foreign Policy (1988), The Ambassadors and America's Soviet Policy (1995), Wars and Peace: The Future Americans Envisioned, 1861 1991 (1998) and Dissenting Voices in America's Rise to Power (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

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