George F. Kennan was a central figure of American-Soviet relations and of American diplomacy from the 1930s to the 1950s. He witnessed and recorded many of the tumultuous political events of the period, including the Stalin show-trials and purges, the annexation of Austria by Germany, and the outbreak and diplomacy of World War II and its aftermath. He was one of the main architects of the Marshall Plan, and he was nationally known (and greatly misunderstood) as the father of the American policy of "containment," politically challenging the spread of Soviet power in Europe and across the world. From the 1950s to the 1990s, he published many works on American, Russian, and European diplomatic history and served as national authority on international relations. The course will study Kennan's firsthand accounts of historical figures and events, his analysis of the meaning of the Cold War, and his vision of a changing United States in the 20th century.
910.805.01 Homewood campus
Wednesdays, April 25 to May 16, 6:45 to 8:15 p.m.
Cost: $99 (four sessions)
JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80 percent tuition remission. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. Contact 410-516-8516 for more information.