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Appeasement - Right or Wrong?

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In Britain, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain had devised a policy of "appeasement" (meaning his tactic of consenting to Hitler's demands over Czechoslovakia in 1938) it aroused much controversy at the time and still does today. Germany benefited greatly from the appeasement as it allowed them to rearm. Britain and France thought that if they appeased Germany, then the Germans would become a little friendlier towards them so they cut the Germans a little 'slack'. However by appeasing Germany, they let her rearm therefore pose a threat to themselves and others. THE BEGGINING In January 1933 Hitler tried to rearm Germany, however The Treaty of Versailles forbade it. In October 1933 Germany left the League of Nations and also left the World Disarmament Conference. Hitler rejected the treaty of Versailles, as he believed that he should die for his country. 'Interests of State must always come first before those of the individual'. At this time Britain and France had a totally different view as to what to do. . ...read more.

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However this time he did not just oppose it but he tore it up. He was also wrong in saying there are no territorial demands to make in Europe when he knew that invading Poland/Czechoslovakia were his long term plans. Hitler sent troops into the Rhineland in March 1936, forbidden by the Treaty of Versailles, it was said to be a DMZ (De-militarised Zone). Hitler was looking for a response by the allies however they did nothing. If Britain was to respond there would have been a battle, which was the last thing anyone wanted. In November 1936, Japan and Germany signed a treaty aimed at preventing the spread of Communism. In 1937, the Germany-Japan Treaty was also joined by Italy, whom a year before helped Germany intervene in the Spanish Civil War. ANSCHLUSS Hitler's new primary objective was to overthrow Austria and Czechoslovakia. A union with Austria (Anschluss) ...read more.

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When Hitler found nothing was going to stop him he kept on going and finally went too far. Appeasement was defiantly right for Britain as the memories of the war where so bad some would rather kill themselves then be a part of it, as shown in the source below. 'I have been collecting poisons for some time...I have sufficient to give myself, husband and all the children a lethal dose. I can remember the last war. I don't want to live through another, or the children either. I shan't tell them. I shall just do it'. I personally fell Britain knew she was going to have to go to war against Germany at one point but jus tried to hold it off as long as possible. The appeasement was wrong. By the time Britain put her foot down Germany had already gotten away with doing far too many things. Germany took advantage of the fact Britain and France where going to do nothing. Hitler was extremely on the right wing and some would say a Fascist. Maninder Sihra 3A (1003 words) ...read more.

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