Four Days in Hitler’s Germany: Mackenzie King’s Mission to Avert a Second World War
In 1937, Canadian Prime Minister Mackenzie King travelled to Nazi Germany in an attempt to prevent a war that, to many observers, seemed inevitable. The men King communed with, including Adolf Hitler, had assured him of the Nazi regime’s peaceful intentions, and King not only found their pledges sincere, but even hoped for personal friendships with many of the regime officials.
Four Days in Hitler’s Germany is a clearly written and engaging story that addresses how King truly believed that any threat to peace would come only from those individuals who intended to thwart the Nazi agenda, which as King saw it, was concerned primarily with justifiable German territorial and diplomatic readjustments.
Mackenzie King was certainly not alone in misreading the omens in the 1930s, but it would be difficult to find a democratic leader who missed the mark by a wider margin. This book seeks to explain the sources and outcomes of King’s misperceptions and diplomatic failures, and follows him as he returns to Germany to tour the appalling aftermath of the very war he had tried to prevent.
- Division: Scholarly Publishing
- World Rights
- Page Count: 256 pages
- Illustrations: 54
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.0in x 9.0in
"Crisp and evocative, and with the potential to impact both a scholarly and general audience, Four Days in Hitler’s Germany shifts seamlessly between King’s activities in 1937 and commentary on postwar Berlin, adding depth and poignancy to the narrative."
Michael Dawson, Department of History, St. Thomas University
"Robert Teigrob’s lively and interesting work examines William Lyon Mackenzie King’s 1937 visit to Hitler’s Germany. Written with authority and originality, this book contributes to the internationalization of Canadian history and to the transnational history of Nazi Germany and World War II."
Doris L. Bergen, Department of History, University of Toronto
Author InformationRobert Teigrob is a professor in the Department of History at Ryerson University.
Table of contents
Prologue: Values, Interests, and Foreign Relations
1. Of Lions and Lyons
3. Beholding the Nazi Miracle
4. Shrugging the British Yoke
5. The Holy Errand
6. Sympathy for the Devil
7. Haunted Berlin
8. Arbeit Macht Frei
9. Whither the Jews?
10. The Uses and Abuses of Mackenzie King
11. Canada Makes Headlines!
12. Atavistic Beasts: Der Dicke and his Bison
13. Baiting Godwin’s Law
14. The Interview
15. Savouring the Triumph, with an Assist from Verdi
16. Taking Leave
18. Failure of a Mission, Or the War that Harry Crerar Foretold
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