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Explain why Chamberlain adopted a policy of appeasement

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´╗┐Explain why Chamberlain adopted a policy of appeasement Nowadays, the word appeasement can mean ?giving in?, but in fact in the 1930?s, it actually meant ?negotiation?, and that was what Chamberlain, the then British prime minister, decided to adopt once he realised ?collective security? was failing. People saw his policy as giving in to demands, but in fact, he was purely negotiating with Hitler, and he had many reasons to do so. One of which includes the fact that Britain was still weak after World War 1 in terms of armament. If they were to go to war, Britain wouldn?t be ready, so Chamberlain needed to buy time to re-arm in case war did occur. ...read more.


The use of German bombers in The Spanish Civil War worried Chamberlain, as he realised the amount of destruction they could cause if they were to be used in Britain due to a war. Another reason was that WW1 was still very much at the forefront of many Britain?s minds. Many people had had their lives devastated after the war and over 50% of the army was lost, and many did not want to go to war again. Chamberlain said that he wanted to avoid war at all costs as the country was still very much on the road to recovery, and when he said "I feel it is in my duty to strain every nerve to avoid repetition ...read more.


Another reason was the threat of communism spreading from Russia. Many Britons saw Hitler as a defence against communism, as this was something he wanted to avoid at all costs. Chamberlain was also worried about communism, and this feeling was shared across much of Europe. Germany was strong, and a strong Germany would serve as a barrier across England from Communism. Another reason was the politics of Britain, as Chamberlain was not a dictator like Hitler. Since Chamberlin wasn't a dictator himself he couldn't order Britain to war without the majority vote. This would be an issue as many conservatives liked and supported Hitler's strong, right-wing government. These would also have been important reasons but these also show that some people approved of Hitler, so if war was declared Chamberlin wouldn't have the support of the whole country. ...read more.

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