Jennifer See received her Ph.D. in history from the University of California in 2003. Her dissertation, “American Cold War Policy in its Wider International and Domestic Context, 1945-47,” examined American diplomacy at the origins of the Cold War. It explored a brief two-year period, beginning in summer 1945. Fluidity and contingency characterized these months that marked the end of one world conflict and the beginnings of another. By the end of these two years, in relations with the Soviet Union, once ally against Germany and now bitter rival, containment had replaced collaboration in the American policy lexicon. She discussed three main threads that were apparent through her studies: the connection between American domestic politics and foreign policy decisions; the international context of U.S. policy; and the importance of ideology in defining the Cold War world for decision-makers.
American Cold War Policy in its Wider International and Domestic Context, 1945-47