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Was appeasement a mistake?

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Was appeasement a mistake? By Victoria Bond Appeasement has many different interpretations, but there are two main analyses. The first of which was believed by most politicians in the 1930's, they thought that appeasement would keep the peace without violence. The second, believed by some politicians and most historians today, their thoughts were that appeasement helped cause the war. There are numerous differences between these two versions. However, there is one foremost difference. In the 1930's they didn't want a war, full stop, no fighting, no raids, no taking over anywhere, nothing. Where as the other elucidation was trying to push the war forward and to help Hitler to conquer some parts of the world. Prior to the war in 1939, there were many discussions about the arguments for and against going to war. Even surveys were given to the community to publicise their views. In March 1938, one year before the war began, a question with 3 possible answers was sent out to the society. ...read more.


This also applies for another piece of evidence which was that Germany should get the land that they lost in 1919. Even though It was most likely to be quite a long time before the politicians said this; they still believe that even though they probably lost the land fairly they deserved to get it back. However, this caused a problem because it gave the Germans more land to spread their defences out on. There are some weaknesses to the evidence that was given. In 1938 Chamberlain said that millions of young men were killed, 13 million were maimed and mutilated, meaning that there was a lot of their men killed and not in nice ways. That was the only weakness, but that was probably because in version 1 it is more about peace without violence. Adaptation 2 is slightly different. The people who believed this wanted to help Hitler take over more countries. From taking over many different countries it allowed Germany t become stronger as a country. ...read more.


He wanted to take over Eastern Europe. This gives the impression that no one really wanted to be a part of his team and when he said that he would promise to do something, he never followed through and did it. He did what suited him, not his country. Hitler was more aggressive because the more he got away with the more confident he became about Britain and France. This give a certain feeling that he was very greedy and whatever he got away with he decided to top it off with something else. Greed was most likely to rule his country along with him. In conclusion I think that people disagreed on appeasement because the policy of appeasement encouraged Hitler to be more aggressive which made him greedier so he couldn't be trusted. Appeasement made Germany far too strong and because of this, other countries tried to avoid another war with Germany at all costs. This was because none of the other countries had time to prepare. Appeasement made Germany to strong and as a result of that a more powerful Germany could act as a buffer against communists. ...read more.

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