Analysis Of George Kennan 's ' The Sources Of Soviet Conduct '

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In George Kennan’s Thesis “The Sources of Soviet Conduct”, Kennan addresses four key points explaining the motives and forces behind the behavior of the Soviet Union around 1947 and the impacts of this on the Soviet and the reactions of the US.

Kennan identifies that the political nature of the Soviet Union is a product of Marxist/ communist ideology. A view that revolution, lead by the working class would overthrow the economically weak and exploitive, capitalist system and replace it with an equal, classless society. Kennan points in the overthrow of the Tsarist government and resulting social and economic strife faced after the Bolshevik Revolution as the foundations of the faulted ‘communist system’. Marxism focus on the overthrow of capitalism was far-sighted and unrealistic. Plans on how to run a socialist society were vague and neglected. Accordingly, the Marxist theory of transition from a socialist to a fully communist society never occurred. Thus, Russia remained under an oppressive and tight dictatorship. Stalin, on the basis of Leninist-Marxist ideology, looked to suppress and eradicate the ‘evils’ of capitalism from all of Russian Society through control of the media, propaganda and secret police. Enhancing his absolute power and influence over the Soviet Union.

Kennan’s second point of discussion concerns the policy based motivations of the Soviet Union. Kennan regards the Soviet Union as still rooted in Marxist ideology, but to strengthen the…

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