Kennan, George

Kennan, George,

1845–1924, American authority on Siberia, b. Norwalk, Ohio. In 1864 he made the first of his journeys to East Asia as an engineer. His articles on Siberia, for many years almost the sole authoritative source of information on that region, were published as Tent Life in Siberia (1870) and Siberia and the Exile System (2 vol., 1891).
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Kennan, George

 

Born Feb. 16, 1845, in Norwalk, Ohio, USA; died May 10, 1924. American journalist.

Kennan made frequent trips to Russia. In 1885–86 he inspected the convict prisons and places where Russian revolutionaries were exiled in Siberia. In a two-volume work (Siberia and the Exile System, 1891; in Russian, Siberia and Exile, 1906) and lectures delivered in the USA and Great Britain he gave a true description of the intolerable conditions in which political exiles lived. His book was translated into all the European languages and made a great impression on American and European public opinion. Kennan hailed the overthrow of the Russian autocracy and spoke out against the armed intervention in Soviet Russia.

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Kennan, George

(1845–1924) explorer, journalist; born in Norwalk, Ohio. Without a college education, he became an expert telegrapher and writer. He traveled extensively in Russia and wrote Tent Life in Siberia (1870) and Siberia and the Exile System (1891). His reputation for integrity made him the White House telegrapher during President Garfield's final weeks of life after being shot (1881).
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(9.) Kennan, George. "The Mountains and Mountaineers of the Eastern Caucasus." Journal of the American Geographical Society of New York 5 (1874), 169-193.
Arthur Herman, in this new biography of Senator Joseph McCarthy, agrees that the Soviets deeply penetrated the American government, and he endorses McCarthy's sensational charge that Owen Lattimore was the "Number One Soviet Spy." For good measure, he relegates Harry Truman, Dean Acheson, George Kennan, George Marshall and others to the outer reaches of Dupedom and Appeasement.