An attempt to thwart Hitler through diplomacy is at the heart of the timely Munich

Graphic: Jimmy Hasse In 1992, Robert Harris wrote a popular novel of alternative history, Fatherland , a police thriller set a few decades after the Axis powers won the Second World War. Munich , his latest work, for a time seems to be premised in an alternative history of its own, one in which the war is stopped before it even gets started. Munich The book—grounded in real history, with real-life figures as major characters, but otherwise fiction—is set in the days leading up to the September 1938 Munich Agreement. This was a pact wherein, in exchange for allowing Germany to annex some Czechoslovakian territories populated mostly by German speakers, it seemed like Hitler’s ambitions might be sated, staving off his desires to take the territories (and more) militarily. The agreement would be overshadowed and voided by the Nazi tanks rolling into Poland a year or so later; today it is mostly remembered as exhibit A in the case against Neville Chamberlain, the British prime minister who brokered the deal and has been cast by history as a notorious and unforgivable appeaser. Munich , in large part, is Harris’ attempt to empathize with Chamberlain; the author depicts him as […]

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