The U.S. policy of containment after World War II attempted to inhibit the spread and influence of communism and the Soviet Union worldwide. The Soviet state at the time actively e...
Containment is a military strategy to stop the expansion of an enemy. It is best
known as the Cold War policy of the United States and its allies to prevent the ...
George F. Kennan, a career Foreign Service Officer, formulated the policy of “
containment,” the basic United States strategy for fighting the cold war (1947–
First laid out by George F. Kennan in 1947, Containment
stated that communism needed to be contained
and isolated, or it would spread to neighboring countries. This spread would allow the Domino Theory to take hold, meaning that if one country fell to communism, then ... More »
This illustration from the July 16, 1948, U.S. News magazine shows the
beginnings of American containment policy. The U.S. is seen sending troops,
An article in the July 1947 issue of Foreign Affairs magazine, signed X, proposed
that the West adopt a policy of "containment" toward the Soviet Union.
Truman's Containment policy was the first major policy during the Cold War and
used numerous strategies to prevent the spread of communism abroad.
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As such, this Policy of Containment stated that the US would try to stop (contain)
the spread of Communism by creating strategic alliances or support to help ...