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Russia Leaves the War (Princeton Classics #40)

Russia Leaves the War (Princeton Classics #40)

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Publication Date: January 24th, 2023
Princeton University Press
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Bancroft Prize, and the Parkman Prize

From acclaimed diplomat and historian George Kennan, a landmark history of the crucial months in 1917-1918 that forged the pattern of Soviet-American relations

When the Bolsheviks seized power in November 1917, American diplomats in St. Petersburg and Moscow were thrown into a bewildering situation. Should the new regime be recognized? What was its true nature? And was there any way to keep Russia fighting against Germany in the Great War? In vivid detail, George Kennan's classic history tells the gripping story of the Americans' furious, and ultimately failed, efforts to strike a deal to keep the Soviets in the war--and how these events set the pattern of future relations between the two emerging superpowers. In a new foreword, Kennan biographer Frank Costigliola puts the book in the context of its Cold War publication and Kennan's life.

About the Author

George F. Kennan (1904-2005) was an American diplomat and historian. After retiring from the State Department, he joined the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Frank Costigliola is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. His books include Kennan: A Life between Worlds (Princeton) and The Kennan Diaries.