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George F. Kennan and the Making of American Foreign Policy, 1947-1950
Wilson D. Miscamble, C.S.C.

Finalist for the 1993 Hoover Presidential Library Association Book Award

Paperback | 1993 | $75.00 | £62.95 | ISBN: 9780691024837
444 pp. | 6 x 9 1/4
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When George C. Marshall 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. Here Wilson Miscamble scrutinizes Kennan's subsequent influence over foreign policymaking during the crucial years from 1947 to 1950.


"A good analytical examination of American foreign policy as seen through the lens of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff. . . . As such it embraces much more than the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. The author insists that there was no grand design to American policy in these years, but one is impressed by the pervasive and lucid intellect of Ambassador Kennan."--William G. Hyland, Foreign Affairs


"This book is the most insightful treatment of George Kennan that has yet been published and the best work I know on the making of U.S. foreign policy during this period. The work is an astonishing scholarly accomplishment. Miscamble offers fresh interpretations and a new sense of the context in which policy was made and of the complex influences on the policymakers."--Richard H. Ullman, Princeton University

Table of Contents:

List of Illustrations
Abbreviations Used in Text and Notes
Ch. 1 Director of the Policy Planning Staff 3
Ch. 2 Launching the Marshall Plan 43
Ch. 3 Meditertanean Crises: Greece, Italy, and Palestine 75
Ch. 4 The North Atlantic Treaty 113
Ch. 5 The Division of Germany 141
Ch. 6 Titoism, Eastern Europe, and Political Warfare 178
Ch. 7 The Limits of America's China Policy 212
Ch. 8 Japan and Southeast Asia 247
Ch. 9 The Hydrogen Bomb and the Soviet Threat 281
Ch. 10 Korean Dilemmas and Beyond 314
Conclusion: America's Global Planner? 346
Appendix A: Policy Planning Staff Papers, 1947-1949 359


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