Alfred Valdmanis and the Politics of Survival

0 avg rating
( 0 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9781487598150: Alfred Valdmanis and the Politics of Survival

Alfred Valdmanis is best known in Canada for his infamous role in Premier Joey Smallwood's scheme to industrialize Newfoundland. A Latvian immigrant, he was appointed Director General of Economic Development in 1950 with the understanding that through his connections to Europe he could entice German and Baltic industrialists to the isolated, rural island. His influence was brought to an abrupt end when, in 1954, he was charged with defrauding the government. The media, latching on to his murky past and his possible affiliation with war criminals, made him the scapegoat of Newfoundland's problems, painting him as part comedian, part sinister villain.


This was not the first time his name was connected with controversial issues. Valdmanis's wily political manoeuvring is more the stuff of fiction than history. Between 1938, at age 29, and his ironic downfall in the safe haven of Canada, he was a finance minister of pre-war Latvia, a government official during the Soviet invasion, a shrewd collaborator under the Nazi occupation, then, a friend to the Allies, a spokesman for Latvian POW and displaced persons, and an adviser to the government of Canada. In this first serious biography of Alfred Valdamis historian Gerhard Bassler casts the story of this political manipulator and chameleon in new terms: the often tragic consequences of the will to survive.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Gerhard P. Bassler is a history professor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Gerhard P. Bassler
Published by University of Toronto Press (2020)
ISBN 10: 1487598157 ISBN 13: 9781487598150
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Toronto Press, 2020. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IQ-9781487598150

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 46.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Gerhard P. Bassler
Published by University of Toronto Press, Canada (2020)
ISBN 10: 1487598157 ISBN 13: 9781487598150
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Toronto Press, Canada, 2020. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****. Alfred Valdmanis is best known in Canada for his infamous role in Premier Joey Smallwood s scheme to industrialize Newfoundland. A Latvian immigrant, he was appointed Director General of Economic Development in 1950 with the understanding that through his connections to Europe he could entice German and Baltic industrialists to the isolated, rural island. His influence was brought to an abrupt end when, in 1954, he was charged with defrauding the government. The media, latching on to his murky past and his possible affiliation with war criminals, made him the scapegoat of Newfoundland s problems, painting him as part comedian, part sinister villain. This was not the first time his name was connected with controversial issues. Valdmanis s wily political manoeuvring is more the stuff of fiction than history. Between 1938, at age 29, and his ironic downfall in the safe haven of Canada, he was a finance minister of pre-war Latvia, a government official during the Soviet invasion, a shrewd collaborator under the Nazi occupation, then, a friend to the Allies, a spokesman for Latvian POW and displaced persons, and an adviser to the government of Canada. In this first serious biography of Alfred Valdamis historian Gerhard Bassler casts the story of this political manipulator and chameleon in new terms: the often tragic consequences of the will to survive. Bookseller Inventory # AAV9781487598150

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 51.23
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Gerhard P. Bassler
Published by University of Toronto Press, Canada (2020)
ISBN 10: 1487598157 ISBN 13: 9781487598150
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Print on Demand
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Toronto Press, Canada, 2020. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book ***** Print on Demand *****.Alfred Valdmanis is best known in Canada for his infamous role in Premier Joey Smallwood s scheme to industrialize Newfoundland. A Latvian immigrant, he was appointed Director General of Economic Development in 1950 with the understanding that through his connections to Europe he could entice German and Baltic industrialists to the isolated, rural island. His influence was brought to an abrupt end when, in 1954, he was charged with defrauding the government. The media, latching on to his murky past and his possible affiliation with war criminals, made him the scapegoat of Newfoundland s problems, painting him as part comedian, part sinister villain. This was not the first time his name was connected with controversial issues. Valdmanis s wily political manoeuvring is more the stuff of fiction than history. Between 1938, at age 29, and his ironic downfall in the safe haven of Canada, he was a finance minister of pre-war Latvia, a government official during the Soviet invasion, a shrewd collaborator under the Nazi occupation, then, a friend to the Allies, a spokesman for Latvian POW and displaced persons, and an adviser to the government of Canada. In this first serious biography of Alfred Valdamis historian Gerhard Bassler casts the story of this political manipulator and chameleon in new terms: the often tragic consequences of the will to survive. Bookseller Inventory # AAV9781487598150

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 52.87
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Gerhard P. Bassler
Published by University of Toronto Press (2017)
ISBN 10: 1487598157 ISBN 13: 9781487598150
New Quantity Available: > 20
Print on Demand
Seller:
Books2Anywhere
(Fairford, GLOS, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Toronto Press, 2017. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Delivered from our UK warehouse in 4 to 14 business days. THIS BOOK IS PRINTED ON DEMAND. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # LQ-9781487598150

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 43.08
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 11.92
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Gerhard P. Bassler
Published by University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
ISBN 10: 1487598157 ISBN 13: 9781487598150
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
BuySomeBooks
(Las Vegas, NV, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Paperback. Alfred Valdmanis is best known in Canada for his infamous role in Premier Joey Smallwoods scheme to industrialize Newfoundland. A Latvian immigrant, he was appointed Director General of Economic Development in 1950 with the understanding that through his connections to Europe he could entice German and Baltic industrialists to the isolated, rural island. His influence was brought to an abrupt end when, in 1954, he was charged with defrauding the government. The media, latching on to his murky past and his possible affiliation with war criminals, made him the scapegoat of Newfoundlands problems, painting him as part comedian, part sinister villain. This was not the first time his name was connected with controversial issues. Valdmaniss wily political manoeuvring is more the stuff of fiction than history. Between 1938, at age 29, and his ironic downfall in the safe haven of Canada, he was a finance minister of pre-war Latvia, a government official during the Soviet invasion, a shrewd collaborator under the Nazi occupation, then, a friend to the Allies, a spokesman for Latvian POW and displaced persons, and an adviser to the government of Canada. In this first serious biography of Alfred Valdamis historian Gerhard Bassler casts the story of this political manipulator and chameleon in new terms: the often tragic consequences of the will to survive. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Paperback. Bookseller Inventory # 9781487598150

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 69.96
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds