William Lyon Mackenzie King, 1924-1932: The Lonely Heights

William Lyon Mackenzie King, 1924-1932: The Lonely Heights

William Lyon Mackenzie King, 1924-1932: The Lonely Heights

William Lyon Mackenzie King, 1924-1932: The Lonely Heights

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Five years ago, Mackenzie King's Literary Executors -- W. Kaye Lamb, F. A. McGregor, J. W. Pickersgill, and Norman A. Robertson -- asked me to write Mr. King's biography for the years from 1923 to 1939. We did not discuss my views on the man or the period; the Executors knew that I had never met Mr. King and that my special interest had been the Laurier era. They asked only that I should try to maintain the high standard of scholarship set by Professor R. MacGregor Dawson in his volume for the years from 1874 to 1923. Neither then nor later did they suggest any interpretation of Mr. King's career; nor have they ever questioned any of my conclusions. Now that the first of the two volumes for these years is completed, I hope they will feel that their confidence in me was not misplaced.

ProfessorDawson died shortly after writing the first volume. He had completed a later section of Mr. King's life which has since been published under the title The Conscription Crisis of 1944. ProfessorDawson had also done some work on what was to have been his second volume. He left a manuscript for the period from 1923 to the election of 1925 and a preliminary draft of the controversy with Lord Byng in 1926. I had to duplicate much of his research but his memoranda provided an essential guide and I did not hesitate to incorporate some of his ideas and even some of his phrases in my study of this period. I only regret that he had not completed a preliminary outline for the rest of the book.

I am also indebted to ProfessorDawson for organizing some of the preliminary research for this volume. ProfessorF. W. Gibson had made a detailed study of King's relations with the Progressives; Dr. James Eayrs had written memoranda on Canada's external relations; Mr. Alec Lane had prepared studies of the financial policies of . . .

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