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Was Chamberlain's policy of Appeasement the best policy to follow in 1938?

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Was Chamberlain's policy of Appeasement the best policy to follow in 1938? In 1938 Neville Chamberlain came up with a policy that would hopefully prevent war. This policy was to give Germany what they wanted (to rearm, remilitarise the Rhineland and unite the Germans in Austria and the Sudetenland) in the hope that it would keep them satisfied and prevent war. There are several reasons why this was the correct policy to take. The first is that there was the memory of the Great War. People had the memories of the Great War and they never wanted anything like that to happen again. ...read more.


Britain also had problems worrying about Gandhi in India, Japan in the pacific and Italy and Africa. The third reason is that there was an economic question. How could Britain afford to pay for a war like this? The only way to pay for a large army would be to print money, which could lead to depression or increase taxes massively which would make the people unhappy. Britain and France also had trouble interpreting Hitler. He made himself out to be a man of peace and said that he just wanted to restore Germany to its rightful position before the treaty of Versailles. ...read more.


This was in return for France changing its high command and changing from a defensive strategy to and offensive one. The second part of the policy was to bring Poland and Czechoslovakia together and the final part was to ally with the Soviet Union. This second policy would have deterred Hitler and may have prevented the Second World War. Overall I think that the best policy to take in 1938 would have been R.A.C. Parkers because this was more likely to deter Hitler forever rather than just delaying him in his search for power. However this policy was created in hindsight and therefore may not have been possible in the circumstances. 1. R.A.C. Parker, Chamberlain and Appeasement (1993) Juri Gregurec 9/5/07 ...read more.

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