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Mr. X and the Pacific: George F. Kennan and American Policy in East Asia

Paul J. Heer


This book chronicles and assesses the little-known involvement of US diplomat George F. Kennan—renowned as an expert on the Soviet Union—in US policy toward East Asia, primarily in the early Cold War years. Kennan, with vital assistance from his deputy John Paton Davies, played pivotal roles in effecting the US withdrawal from the Chinese civil war and the redirection of American occupation policy in Japan, and in developing the “defensive perimeter” concept in the western Pacific. His influence, however, faded soon thereafter: he was less successful in warning against US security commitments ... More

Keywords: George Kennan, East Asia, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, John Paton Davies, Defensive perimeter, Containment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9781501711145
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501711145.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul J. Heer, author
George Washington University