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American diplomacy

Author: George F Kennan; John J Mearsheimer
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 60th-anniversary expanded editionView all editions and formats
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"For more than sixty years, George F. Kennan's American Diplomacy has been a standard work on American foreign policy. Drawing on his considerable diplomatic experience and expertise, Kennan offers an overview and critique of the foreign policy of an emerging great power whose claims to rightness often spill over into self-righteousness, whose ambitions conflict with power realities, whose judgmentalism precludes  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George F Kennan; John J Mearsheimer
ISBN: 9780226431482 0226431487
OCLC Number: 756577760
Description: lii, 192 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Charles R. Walgreen Foundation Lectures --
The war with Spain --
Mr. Hippisley and the Open Door --
America and the Orient --
World War I --
World War II --
Diplomacy in the modern world --
The Sources of Soviet conduct --
America and the Russian future --
Grinnell Lectures --
Reflections on the Walgreen Lectures --
American diplomacy and the military.
Responsibility: George F. Kennan ; new introduction by John J. Mearsheimer.

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Offers an overview and critique of the foreign policy of an emerging great power whose claims to rightness often spill over into self-righteousness, whose ambitions conflict with power realities,  Read more...

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