9 am - 4 pm
The short book American Diplomacy, 1900–1950 by the late scholar-diplomat George F. Kennan, is an unusual classic: a critique of US foreign policy widely used in the training of american diplomats. Participants will discuss this text and and assess whether there is a place in the foreign policy of a democracy for Kennan’s “realist” style of dispassionate analysis. For the first session, please read as much as possible of American Diplomacy.
Joseph Harrington holds a master’s degree in history from the University of Connecticut and has led numerous Newberry seminars.
Note: The Newberry Bookstore has a limited stock of these texts. Please remember to call (312) 255-3520 in advance to check current availability.
- George Kennan, American Diplomacy: Sixtieth-Anniversary Expanded Edition, (2012, University of Chicago Press: ISBN-13: 978-022643148-2).
- John Lukacs, George Kennan: A Study of Character (2007, Yale University Press; ISBN: 9 780300 143065).
Readings for the First Session:
- For the first session, please read as much as possible of Kennan’s American Diplomacy.
This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.
One session, $132.