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Was Appeasement a Good Policy to Follow?

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Was Appeasement a Good Policy to Follow? Before the start of World War Two Neville Chamberlain, British prime minister decided to follow a policy of appeasement regarding Hitler's demands in Europe. Appeasement means giving in to keep the peace, which is exactly what Britain and France did. There were many reasons for the appeasement of Hitler; Chamberlain felt that it was best to let Germany have the Sudetenland than to face another major war; He had the support of the British people who believed Hitler had a right to protect the German people who lived there; Chamberlain believed that Hitler was a reasonable man and because his demands were reasonable, ...read more.


In 1935 Germany started to re-arm, something that was forbidden by the Treaty of Versailles. The Anglo-German Naval Agreement was formed. This stated that Germany could build up her navy to 35% (45% for submarines) in tonnage of what the British navy was in 1935. This was the first step Hitler took in overturning the Treaty of Versailles. Hitler was all too aware of Chamberlains policy of appeasement and was prepared to use it to his advantage. According to the Treaty of Versailles, Germany was not allowed to march her troops into the Rhineland, however in 1936, that's exactly what Hitler did, and he did not face any opposition from Britain or France. ...read more.


The real Hitler was beginning to show himself when he took over Czechoslovakia in 1939, despite his promise he had no further interests in any more land. The people of Czechoslovakia felt let down by Britain and France who had guaranteed the safety of the people, then sold it in the name of "Peace in our Time" all because of appeasement. With the benefit of hindsight we can see that appeasement was not the best policy to follow and maybe war could have been avoided on such a large scale if Chamberlain had rejected Hitler's demands from the start. However, at the time, appeasement had the support of the British people and nobody wanted another war. Chamberlain would have been very unpopular if he had chosen to fight Hitler. ...read more.

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