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

Wilson D. Miscamble

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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  • List of Illustrations Ch. 2Launching the Marshall Plan Ch. 3Meditertanean Crises: Greece, Italy, and Palestine Ch. 4The North Atlantic Treaty Ch. 5The Division of Germany Ch. 6Titoism, Eastern Europe, and Political Warfare Ch. 7The Limits of America's China Policy Ch. 8Japan and Southeast Asia Ch. 9The Hydrogen Bomb and the Soviet Threat Ch. 10Korean Dilemmas and Beyond Conclusion: America's Global Planner? Appendix A: Policy Planning Staff Papers, 1947-1949

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書名 George F. Kennan and the making of American foreign policy, 1947-1950
著作者等 Miscamble, Wilson D.
シリーズ名 Princeton paperbacks
Princeton studies in international history and politics
出版元 Princeton University Press
刊行年月 c1992
ページ数 xvii, 419 p., [1] p. of plates
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0691024839
NCID BB01263447
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国