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The Sources of Soviet Conduct: The Essence of Kennan’s Article
The essence of George F. Kennan’s article “The Sources of Soviet Conduct” is that Soviet conduct is based on the ideology of the founders of the Soviet system in Russia and on the circumstances that Soviet rule has foisted upon the country. Kennan breaks down what that ideology is and what those circumstances are in his article. For Soviets, Moscow was infallible, as Kennan (1947) described: the state was the supreme arbiter of the direction that society should take and its ideology was such that it could never collaborate with the capitalistic West but must, inevitably, act as a force opposed to the pursuits of the West. The essence of the Soviet State, according to Kennan, was that it would bide its time until the capitalist West collapsed under the weight of its own internal corruption. At that time, the…