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Understanding and misunderstanding Nazi Germany : four Australian visitors to Germany in 1938

Waters, Christopher 2010, Understanding and misunderstanding Nazi Germany : four Australian visitors to Germany in 1938, Australian historical studies, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 369-384, doi: 10.1080/1031461X.2010.493950.

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Title Understanding and misunderstanding Nazi Germany : four Australian visitors to Germany in 1938
Author(s) Waters, Christopher
Journal name Australian historical studies
Volume number 41
Issue number 3
Start page 369
End page 384
Total pages 16
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2010-09
ISSN 1031-461X
1940-5049
Summary This article examines the visits by four Australians, Bill Oats, Thomas White, Jessie Street and Robert Menzies, to Germany in the northern summer of 1938. It analyses their observations of Nazi Germany and Hitler’s actions over Czechoslovakia. Menzies was more positive about the Nazi system than the other three, but all four condemned its barbaric nature. On Czechoslovakia, Menzies, a key conservative federal minister, was the only one to approve of appeasement over Czechoslovakia. The article explores the significance of these visits for the four observers’ lives and especially for Australia. It argues that Menzies’ support for appeasement, unlike other appeasers, did not, in the long term, harm his political leadership.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/1031461X.2010.493950
Field of Research 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2010, Routledge
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30032520

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of History, Heritage and Society
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