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Could Britain and France have prevented the outbreak of war in Europe after Hitler came to power in Germany in 1933?

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Could Britain and France have prevented the outbreak of war in Europe after Hitler came to power in Germany in 1933? In order to the answer the question, it is important to identify what France and Britain could have done to prevent war; the first means to stop Hitler would be through appeasement. This means that Britain and France would have to give Hitler concessions n order to prevent war, this was feasible because both believed that The treaty of Versailles was slightly harsh and unfair and were thus ready to give in some concessions to maintain peace. Both countries were also afraid of the horror of war and wished to prevent. Another way to prevent war would be through deterrence using the alliance system, if Hitler felt threatened by a multi-filtered problem cause by alliances; strong militaries and effective rearmament that exceed Germany capacity war may have been prevented. Another way to prevent war was through conformation with the League of Nations; however the main flaw with this system was that the league could only do as much as the countries wanted them to do. ...read more.


In reality, the alliance or pact with Poland caused or more accurately trigged the outbreak of war. The order of post world war one had collapsed and there was almost a shift back into old ideas whereby Hitler had disregarded the power of the League of Nations. Hitler didn't believe that France and Britain would take any steps to stop him because they hadn't in the past, the "lost opportunities" and therefore was prepared to risk war over Poland because of Russian support. It can be said that it was too let for appeasement and Britain and France could not given in anymore then they already had. Historians such as RJ Ovary argued that the Chamberlain's policy had been accurate, they had forced Germany into a war earlier then Hitler has wanted and a time where Britain rearmament was at its peak. He believed that in the long run Uk's ability to sustain resistance led to Hitler confrontation by the Us before he was ready for a total war Ovary argues that Hitler's economic and military planning projected an awesome military power by the mid 40s if they were allowed to develop. ...read more.


In this case it can be said that Britain and France could have prevented through either appeasement, the recreation of the alliance of Russian - Britain and France as in 1914, the enforcement of the treaty of Versailles or through confrontation by the League of Nations. In conclusion, it is hard to determine whether Britain and France could have prevented war because this question depends on Hitler's intentions for war and to what extent Britain and France were ready to go to prevent the war, They had managed to prevent war earlier but where unable to use the same strategies in 1930 to prevent the war and this could be because Hitler in 1939, was prepared for war and was willing to risk it because of the Nazi-Soviet pact which saved him the fear of having a war on two fronts. The failure to recreate the entente of 1914, which would have threaten Hitler, the lack of will and capacity on France and Britain part and most importantly the view that Hitler was intent on war led to the failure in preventing war. ...read more.

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