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This strategy relied heavily on the deterrent effect of the threat of massive retaliation, but it did incorporate other methods, such as covert action, psychological warfare, and international alliances. Stfategies thought the goal of policy should be to protect the security of the nation and advance the welfare of its people. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social gaddjs resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.

Gaddis understates the importance of Gorbachev, compared to Melvin Leffler’s brilliant “For the Soul of Mankind,” but Gaddis better understands the dynamics of power and the gadfis of some leaders’ claims to ideology than I think Leffler does. Sep 13, AskHistorians added it. People tend to throw it into sentences as a way of making them sound more focused or goal-oriented, but they would often have trouble clearly defining the word. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Jun 29, Steve Middendorf added it. It holds that the content is more important than the form, and will force its way through lewid formal structure which is placed upon it. This is an excellent book on the policies of presidents during the cold war.

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Dividing the war into five stages the expanded edition identifies a sixthGaddis demonstrates that each shift in National Security policy was either an embrace of Kennan’s concepts, a reaction against them, or a reconciliation of these two poles.

Aug 03, Jesse added it. In Strategies of Containment, John Lewis Gaddis clearly lays out the public policy on national security policy and how it evolved over time. Unlike many if not most historians, Gaddis has a great sense of the weight and responsibility of national leadership. Jan 18, Maciek rated it it was amazing Shelves: Beginning with Franklin D.


Strategies of Containment should not be categorized as good supplement reading in a Cold War history course: Ike gets a very negative strtegies as does Johnson.

It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. Gaddis barely makes mention of Nitze even when he notes the importance in the revised edition of the Reykjavik summit. Nevertheless, Gaddis’ analysis is insightful and serves as a wonderful introduction to the complexities of the Cold War.

Kennedy’s presidency ushered in the fourth period. As stated at the outset, it remains a good introduction.

The United States and China: The goal gadids not to remake the world, but balance the power within it.

Strategies of Containment – John Lewis Gaddis – Oxford University Press

Overall a great read, and well worth the reread. He asserts that Nixon’s ideas largely succeeded, although he was heavily criticized for his deception regarding the bombing of Cambodia and his poor handling of other domestic and international issues such as the sale of arms to Iran due to his preoccupation with the Soviet Union.

He saw the Soviet challenge as psychological. His work points to further areas of study and should be required reading as an introduction to the Cold War.

Strategies of Containment

The book is remarkably apologetic of Nixon and Kissinger, who are often criticized or maligned. Prologue Containment Before Kennan. Carter gets a more sympathetic treatment of his strategy than you would expect, and a lot of Reagan’s achievement is rightly attributed to Gorbachev, explicitly citing Kennan’s prediction in the “X” article that change in Soviet behavior would only be possible with a new generation of leadership.

X article does not leave the reader with a clear strategy a government could implement. This book is essential for anyone who wants to learn more about the Cold War. For those for whom this is “history”, it is essential to understand the mindset that framed policy in the Cold War Era. It’s hard to deny that for all of his faults, Reagan’s overall strategy worked very well in bringing about a victorious and peaceful conclusion to the Cold War.


Also, this is not a light read, and should be taken with time so that there can be a good grasp of some of the concepts. If you are a Poli Sci buff and want to know every last Poli Sci-geek detail of the history and politics of the Cold War, this is the perfect, comprehensive history of our side of the beginning, escalation, and strategies of the Cold War since there isn’t too much to say about the abrupt and unanticipated end. From on high George Kennan descends with his policy of Containment.

Sep 05, John rated it really liked it Shelves: It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Containment was a policy of patience. Yet he just can’t help but go back to Kennan anyway.

Strategies of Containment – Paperback – John Lewis Gaddis – Oxford University Press

He concludes, provocatively, that Reagan more effectively than any other Cold War president drew upon the strengths of both approaches while avoiding their weaknesses.

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Choose your country or region Close. Kennedy and Johnson’s “flexible response” led to constant escalation and obsession with other countries’ perception of America, the opposite of what Kennan wanted. View freely available titles: Lovable character from Kennan to Khrushchev.

Growing up in the tail end of the cold war, I always wondered how we got to where we were with the soviets and nuclear weapons. America Right or Wrong: Skip containmdnt main content.