The word 'Quisling' is used all over the world as a synonym for 'traitor' or 'treachery'. The original Vidkun Quisling (1887-1945) was a gifted Norwegian army officer who earned notoriety when he sided with the Nazis on the first day of Norway's entry into the Second World War. Quisling's coup d'etat in Oslo on 9 April 1940 was immediately denounced as an act of arch-treason, and even Churchill spoke of 'the vile race of Quislings'. Hans Fredrik Dahl's 1999 biography makes use of a complete range of source material from Nordic, German, Italian and Russian archives, and of family archives now in the USA. He traces Quisling's ultimately futile career from his earlier internationalist career as a diplomat and businessman to the drama of his trial and execution for high treason in 1945.
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(234mm x 156mm x 25mm)
Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Vidkun Quisling is world infamous, his name synonymous with treachery. This lucid account of the man's life, the first to be founded on his family archive, shows that he believed he did all for the best. It covers his bright childhood as a Norwegian pastor's son and his early career as a regular army officer. He left the army, took up philosophy and was drawn insensibly into the Nazis' web. When Germany invaded Norway in April 1940, Quisling took power momentarily when the govenment seemed to have run away, later becoming prime minister of the occupied country for several years. He surrendered power quietly in May 1945 and was shot after a show trial, still believing he had done all that he should. (Kirkus UK)
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