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George F. Kennan

1904 - 2005

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George Frost Kennan (February 16, 1904 – March 17, 2005) was an American diplomat and historian. He was best known as an advocate of a policy of containment of Soviet expansion during the Cold War. He lectured widely and wrote scholarly histories of the relations between the USSR and the United States. He was also one of the group of foreign policy elders known as "The Wise Men." During the late 1940s, his writings inspired the Truman Doctrine and the U.S. foreign policy of containing the USSR. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George F. Kennan has received more than 1,554,762 page views. His biography is available in 45 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). George F. Kennan is the 22nd most popular diplomat (down from 21st in 2019), the 822nd most popular biography from United States (up from 911th in 2019) and the 4th most popular American Diplomat.

George F. Kennan is most famous for his work as a diplomat and historian. He was a leading architect of the Truman Doctrine and the Marshall Plan, which helped to stabilize Western Europe after World War II. He is also known for his "Long Telegram" and "X Article," which laid out the rationale for containment of the Soviet Union.

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Among diplomats, George F. Kennan ranks 22 out of 52Before him are John R. Bolton, Alva Myrdal, Hasekura Tsunenaga, Chiune Sugihara, Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston, and Chaim Herzog. After him are Viktor Chernomyrdin, Megasthenes, John Mott, Thomas Klestil, George Blake, and Irina Bokova.

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Among people born in 1904, George F. Kennan ranks 37Before him are Witold Gombrowicz, Hans Morgenthau, Ernst Mayr, Willem de Kooning, Wendell Meredith Stanley, and Joseph Campbell. After him are Louis Néel, Nikolai Ostrovsky, Odilo Globočnik, Antonín Novotný, Alejo Carpentier, and Clifford D. Simak. Among people deceased in 2005, George F. Kennan ranks 30Before him are James Callaghan, Sister Lúcia, Philip Johnson, Ernst Mayr, Ezer Weizman, and Milton Obote. After him are Maria Schell, Max Schmeling, Moustapha Akkad, Anne Bancroft, Joseph Rotblat, and Ibrahim Ferrer.

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Among people born in United States, George F. Kennan ranks 822 out of 18,182Before him are Lionel Richie (1949), Dizzy Gillespie (1917), Dorothea Lange (1895), Peter Bogdanovich (1939), Michael Mann (1943), and L. Ron Hubbard (1911). After him are Eva Marie Saint (1924), Ginger Rogers (1911), Kris Jenner (1955), Michael Cimino (1939), Oliver E. Williamson (1932), and Melanie Griffith (1957).

Among DIPLOMATS In United States

Among diplomats born in United States, George F. Kennan ranks 4Before him are Pocahontas (1595), John Jay (1745), and John R. Bolton (1948). After him are John Mott (1865), Dean Acheson (1893), Jean Kennedy Smith (1928), Ralph Bunche (1904), Richard Holbrooke (1941), J. Christopher Stevens (1960), Edward M. House (1858), and Adlai Stevenson II (1900).