Title Four Days in Hitler’s Germany
Subtitle Mackenzie King’s Mission to Avert a Second World War
Author Robert Teigrob
ISBN 9781487505509
List price USD 32.95
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 256
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher University of Toronto Press
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“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


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.


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Crerar’s Map of Berlin, 1937

Prologue: Values, Interests, and Foreign Relations

Chapter 1. Of Lions and Lyons

Chapter 2. Arrival

Chapter 3. Beholding the Nazi Miracle

Chapter 4. Shrugging Off the British Yoke

Chapter 5. The Holy Errand

Chapter 6. Sympathy for the Devil

Chapter 7. Haunted Berlin

Chapter 8. Arbeit Macht Frei

Chapter 9. Whither the Jews?

Chapter 10. The Uses and Abuses of Mackenzie King

Chapter 11. Canada Makes Headlines!

Chapter 12. Atavistic Beasts: Der Dicke and His Bison

Chapter 13. Baiting Godwin’s Law

Chapter 14. The Interview

Chapter 15. Savouring the Triumph, with an Assist from Verdi

Chapter 16. Taking Leave

Chapter 17. Home

Chapter 18. Failure of a Mission, or The War That Harry Crerar Foretold

Chapter 19. Aftermath

Epilogue: Perspectives




About the Author:

Robert Teigrob is a professor in the Department of History at Ryerson University.

Target Audience:

People interested in history and political science.


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