History Department
History Department

"George F. Kennan: An American Life," a talk by John Lewis Gaddis, Professor of History, Yale University

Tue, March 6, 2012 | Bass Lecture Hall, LBJ 2.104

12:15 PM

The Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law invites you to George F. Kennan: An American Life, a talk and book signing with John Lewis Gaddis, Robert A. Lovett Professor of History at Yale University, on Tuesday, March 6 at 12:15 pm in Bass Lecture Hall, LBJ 2.104.  Refreshments will be provided. Copies of the book will be sold after the talk and Professor Gaddis will be available to sign them.

In the late 1940s, George Kennan wrote two documents, the "Long Telegram" and the "X Article," which set forward the strategy of containment that would define U.S. policy toward the Soviet Union for the next four decades. This achievement alone would qualify him as the most influential American diplomat of the Cold War era. But he was also an architect of the Marshall Plan, a prizewinning historian, and would become one of the most outspoken critics of American diplomacy, politics, and culture during the last half of the twentieth century. Now the full scope of Kennan's long life and vast influence is revealed by one of today's most important Cold War scholars, John Lewis Gaddis.

John Lewis Gaddis is a noted historian of the Cold War and grand strategy, who has been hailed as the "Dean of Cold War Historians" by The New York Times. He is the Robert A. Lovett Professor of Military and Naval History at Yale University. Professor Gaddis, who received his PhD from the University of Texas in 1968, has published numerous books, including: The United States and the Origins of the Cold War, 1941-1947 (1972); Strategies of Containment: A Critical Appraisal of Postwar American National Security (1982); The Long Peace: Inquiries into the History of the Cold War (1987); We Now Know: Rethinking Cold War History (1997); The Landscape of History: How Historians Map the Past (2002); Surprise, Security, and the American Experience (2004); and The Cold War: A New History (2006). Professor Gaddis teaches courses in Cold War history, grand strategy, international studies, and biography.

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Sponsored by: Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law, LBJ School of Public Affairs

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