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George F. Kennan and the making of American foreign policy, 1947-1950

Author: Wilson D Miscamble
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1992.
Series: Princeton studies in international history and politics.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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When George C. Marshall, the organizer of victory as Army Chief of Staff during World War II, became Secretary of State in January of 1947, he faced not only a staggering array of serious foreign policy questions but also a State Department rendered ineffective by neglect, maladministration, and low morale. Soon after his arrival Marshall asked George F. Kennan to head a new component in the department's
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Named Person: George F Kennan; George Frost Kennan; George F Kennan; George F Kennan
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Wilson D Miscamble
ISBN: 0691086206 9780691086200
OCLC Number: 24246597
Description: xvii, 419 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Ch. 1. Director of the Policy Planning Staff --
Ch. 2. Launching the Marshall Plan --
Ch. 3. Meditertanean Crises: Greece, Italy, and Palestine --
Ch. 4. The North Atlantic Treaty --
Ch. 5. The Division of Germany --
Ch. 6. Titoism, Eastern Europe, and Political Warfare --
Ch. 7. The Limits of America's China Policy --
Ch. 8. Japan and Southeast Asia --
Ch. 9. The Hydrogen Bomb and the Soviet Threat --
Ch. 10. Korean Dilemmas and Beyond --
Conclusion: America's Global Planner? --
Appendix A: Policy Planning Staff Papers, 1947-1949.
Series Title: Princeton studies in international history and politics.
Responsibility: Wilson D. Miscamble.
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When George C. Marshall, the organizer of victory as Army Chief of Staff during World War II, became Secretary of State in January of 1947, he faced not only a staggering array of serious foreign policy questions but also a State Department rendered ineffective by neglect, maladministration, and low morale. Soon after his arrival Marshall asked George F. Kennan to head a new component in the department's structure--the Policy Planning Staff. In this major work Wilson.

Miscamble scrutinizes Kennan's subsequent influence over foreign policymaking during the crucial years from 1947 to 1950. Despite an already large literature on the origins of the Cold War, this exhaustively researched study casts new light on American foreign policy during the Truman administration: it clearly shows how policy was actually made. Neither a survey of Kennan's ideas nor a simple narrative of his activities devoid of context, it covers the wider spectrum of.

Discussion and decision within the State Department and beyond. Miscamble argues that American foreign policy from 1947 to 1950 was not simply a working out of a clearly delineated strategy of containment. Far from dictating policies, the famous containment doctrine was formed by them in a piecemeal and pragmatic manner.

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