Solving for X:  Kennan, Containment, and the Color Line

Title:
Solving for X:  Kennan, Containment, and the Color Line
Authors:
Koppes, Clayton R.
Abstract:
George F. Kennan is renowned as the author of the containment doctrine and subsequently as a critic of American Cold War policy. But other elements of his thought, which have been neglected, are integral to a reconsideration of his stature. He distrusted democracy and proposed ways to limit its expression, discounted movements for human rights in Eastern Europe and elsewhere, believed Hispanics posed a threat to the United States, and often argued against the national liberation aspirations in the Third World (which he considered largely irrelevant to Great Power diplomacy). He failed to grasp the connection between the U.S. civil rights movement and foreign policy. These weaknesses limited his usefulness as a policy adviser and still cloud his legacy as America’s “conscience.”
Citation:
Koppes, Clayton. 2013. "Solving for X:  Kennan, Containment, and the Color Line." Pacific Historical Review 82(1): 95-118.
Publisher:
University of California Press for the Pacific Coast Branch, American Historical Association
DATE ISSUED:
2013-02
Department:
History
Type:
Article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1525/phr.2013.82.1.95
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/332588

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dc.contributor.authorKoppes, Clayton R.en
dc.date.accessioned2014-10-09T12:05:24Z-
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dc.date.issued2013-02en
dc.identifier.citationKoppes, Clayton. 2013. "Solving for X:  Kennan, Containment, and the Color Line." Pacific Historical Review 82(1): 95-118.en
dc.identifier.issn0030-8684en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/332588-
dc.description.abstractGeorge F. Kennan is renowned as the author of the containment doctrine and subsequently as a critic of American Cold War policy. But other elements of his thought, which have been neglected, are integral to a reconsideration of his stature. He distrusted democracy and proposed ways to limit its expression, discounted movements for human rights in Eastern Europe and elsewhere, believed Hispanics posed a threat to the United States, and often argued against the national liberation aspirations in the Third World (which he considered largely irrelevant to Great Power diplomacy). He failed to grasp the connection between the U.S. civil rights movement and foreign policy. These weaknesses limited his usefulness as a policy adviser and still cloud his legacy as America’s “conscience.”en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherUniversity of California Press for the Pacific Coast Branch, American Historical Associationen
dc.identifier.doi10.1525/phr.2013.82.1.95en
dc.subject.departmentHistoryen
dc.titleSolving for X:  Kennan, Containment, and the Color Lineen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalPacific Historical Reviewen
dc.identifier.volume82en
dc.identifier.issue1en
dc.identifier.startpage95en
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