The Cold War: Kennan and Containment

28 Nov 2016

On Monday, November 28, 2016, Mark Albertson began his Cold War lecture series.

Our series begins with discussion of the doctrine of the renowned American foreign policy specialist, George Kennan. Based on the Mr. X article he published in Foreign Affairs in 1947, Containment was the strategy by which America would face the Soviet challenge whenever and wherever it posed a threat. Kennan considered the Soviet threat primarily political; and, saw such tools as America’s economic advantage and “psychological warfare” as the proper strategy for reining in the Soviet Bear. Of course, for this strategy to be successful Americans would not be able to withdraw into that self-imposed incarceration known as Isolationism, as in 1865 and 1919.

About the presenter

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Mark teaches history at Norwalk Community College. His courses include: World War I and Iraq: Creation of Colonialism; A History, Vietnam; A History, World War I; The Turning Points of World War II; The Great Patriotic War: The Titanic Clash Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union; and American Empire: Grand Republic to Corporate State. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.


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