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How far can it be argued that the policy of appeasement was the main cause of world war 2?

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How far can it be argued that the policy of appeasement was the main cause of world war 2? The policy of appeasement could be looked at as one of the greatest mistakes any group of powerful people could make. The decision to give in to demands to try to preserve peace and hope that would be the last demand was a terrible policy to have been used by allied leaders. The reason why this policy was so terrible is that it gave Adolf Hitler half of Europe and 2 years to fully arm himself before the fighting started. Really, the allies could have shut down Hitler fairly quickly if they had gone after him when he mobilised his forces into the Rhineland. ...read more.


They could have easily overrun the Germans in a quick decisive battle, as the Germans were not fully armed and ready for war. Instead, the USA passed the Neutrality Acts so they wouldn't have any hand in the responsibility, and Britain and France did nothing, because France would not do anything without Britain and Britain thought that the treaty of Versailles was unfair and Hitler was just taking back Germanys land. The next big mistake was appeasing Hitler by allowing him to march right into Austria in 1938. The way it was seen by the masses was that the Anchluss had invited Hitler and the Nazi Party into to Austria, as Hitler was Austrian. What really happened was corrupt Austrian politicians brought in Hitler. ...read more.


The League of Nations figured that he had a good chunk of Czechoslovakia, why not Let him have it all. All this time Hitler was growing in strength and confidence. Later, in August of 1939, the League of Nations became worried. The sudden reason for worry was that Stalin and Hitler made a pact not to fight each other, the Nazi-Soviet Pact. Well, learning this, the League, primarily Churchill and France, decided they would defend Poland if invaded. On September 1, 1939, Germany invaded Poland. In a month, Poland was occupied, and Britain and France declared war on Germany. It was about time Great Britain and France took action. At that point, Germany was almost half of Europe, and steadily increasing. The Policy of Appeasement was one direct cause of WWII. However, there are many other factors that contributed as well. ...read more.

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