In Our Time: The Chamberlain-Hitler Collusion

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Monthly Review Press, 1998 - History - 319 pages
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When British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain returned from his Munich meetings with Adolf Hitler in September 1938, he proclaimed that he held in his hands a document guaranteeing "peace in our time." In the decades since, Chamberlain's folly has become the occasion for a commonplace historical lesson: that when the "good" innocently accept the assurances of the "evil," the result is catastrophic. Clement Leibovitz challenge the familiar understanding of Munich as the product of a na´ve "appeasement" of Nazi appetites. They argue that it was the culmination of cynical collaboration between the Tory government and the Nazis in the 1930s. Based upon a careful reading of official and unofficial correspondence, conference notes, cabinet minute, and diaries, In Our Time documents the steps taken under diplomatic cover by the West to strike a bargain based upon shared anti-Soviet premises.

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Foreword by Christopher Hitchens
9
A Terror of Reds
35
A European Mission
49

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Clement Leibovitz, a retired professor in computer services at the University of Alberta, lives in Canada. Alvin Finkel is Professor of History at Athabasca University in Alberta, an open-learning institute. Christopher Hitchens is a regular columnist for The Nation and Vanity Fair.

ALVIN FINKEL is a professor of history at Athabasca University. He is the author of "Business and Social Reform in the Thirties", "The Social Credit Phenomenon in Alberta", and "A History of Canadian Peoples".

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