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The Dissent PapersThe Voices of Diplomats in the Cold War and Beyond$
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Hannah Gurman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231158725

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231158725.001.0001

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The Life After

The Life After

From Internal Dissenter to Public Prophet

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(p.199) Conclusion The Life After
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The Dissent Papers
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Hannah Gurman

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231158725.003.0005

This concluding chapter first claims the semblance between the prophetic tradition and the dissenting tradition of the U.S. diplomatic establishment. The power of the prophecy is at least partly embedded in the power of the word itself. Dissenting diplomats increasingly identified their message with the time-honored traditions that shaped the diplomatic establishment. However, upon the resignation of notable dissenters such as George Kennan, Jack Service, John Davies, and George Wildman Ball, the claim has been put to question. The chapter then considers a number of books, articles, and public appearances that show how their broader criticisms of the U.S. foreign policy set the current ideological and expansionist agenda against their own realist visions.

Keywords:   prophetic tradition, dissenting tradition, U.S. diplomatic establishment, prophecy, George Kennan, Jack Service, John Davies, George Wildman Ball, U.S. foreign policy

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