George F. Kennan on Russian Society and U.S.-Soviet relations.
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Published by Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C .
Written in English



  • United States,
  • Soviet Union


  • United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union.,
  • Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States.

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Edition Notes

Other titlesOn Russian society and U.S.-Soviet relations.
SeriesA special report, Special reports (Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies)
LC ClassificationsE183.8.S65 K45 1987
The Physical Object
Pagination18 p. ;
Number of Pages18
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL1933773M
LC Control Number90150574

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On a hot July afternoon in , George F. Kennan descended the steps of the State Department building as a newly retired man. His career had been tumultuous: early postings in eastern Europe followed by Berlin in –41 and Moscow in the last year of World War II. Volume 2 of Soviet American Relations, entitled The Decision to Intervene (Princeton, ), explored U.S. intervention in northern Russia and Siberia between and The distinguished scholar and public servant George F. Kennan opens the way to an understanding not only of these events but of the subsequent pattern of Soviet-American relations and the complex process of international . In his book, "Russia Leaves the War," which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for History in , former U. S. Ambassador to the U.S.S.R. George Kennan recounts the first weeks of the relations between the United States, and its European allies, with the revolutionary s:   George F. Kennan, then on leave from the State Department, warned against a preoccupation with military solutions in addressing the broad question of "America and the Russian Future" in the April issue of Foreign Affairs.