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Explain the Main Factors Which Led British Governments to Follow a Policy Of Appeasement in the Period 1931 - March 1938 In this easy I am going to explain why the British Governments followed a policy of appeasement. There are a number of reasons why the British Governments did this. These reasons consist of Britain's fear of war, there economic problems, the public's opinions and many more. I will explain each of these reasons and how they contribute to the British Governments to follow a policy of appeasement. Britain was in no state to go to war because the state of Britain's armed forces was poor. Although the navy was in massive size, the RAF and the Army were much smaller than Germanys so there was a risk of Britain being attacked at land as they where weak in the Army and RAF. ...read more.

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Germany and so going to war was not possible and instead of war peace had to be arranged between Britain and Germany. The British public opinion as expressed in general elections and opinion polls reveals strong opposition towards re-armament. In a by-election at East Fulham in October 1933 a pacifist labour candidate gained a seat from a Conservative candidate who campaigned for rearmament. But in 1935 there was a nationwide opinion poll organised by the Peace Pledge Union which showed how unpopular re-armament was with the British public. The crisis put Britain in a tough and dangerous spot as if one small problem was added then Britain would fall apart. ...read more.

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This also encouraged German nationalist groups. There were also many provisions i.e. Germany must accept guilt for starting the war, Germany must agree to accept democratic constitution and German fuhrer banned from Rhineland cont. Britain felt guilty for Germany hard punishment and so they where emotional damaged. To stop this from growing the British Government followed a policy of appeasement. The policy of appeasement offered to Neville Chamberlain was to solve German grievances by peaceful negotiation and save Europe from further death and destruction in a second world war. I have explained the main reasons in why the British Governments followed a policy of appeasement. Most of this was due to the fact that Britain was weak in war statues and another war could split its empire. ...read more.

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