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Why did the policy of appeasement fail?

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´╗┐Why did the policy of appeasement fail? The policy of appeasement was adopted by the British Prime Minister where by Neville Chamberlain agreed to all of Hitler?s demands to prevent another horror war just like World War I. He believed he was doing the best thing and he was stopping a war however, appeasement only boosted Hitler?s confidence and made him more aggressive, most importantly it made Germany stronger and finally appeasement made Britain look weak. Firstly, the appeasement allowed Germany to gain a lot of land and build up its army. Hitler gained The Rhineland, Austria, Sudetenland, then all of Czechoslovakia and Memel. ...read more.


Secondly, appeasement made Hitler more confident and he became more aggressive with his demands. After his success in taking over Rhineland without any resistance Hitler started to become real confident. This led him to make demands such as the Anshluss with Austria which is completely against the Treaty of Versailles. This confidence boost made Hitler demand for more land and he even broke some of his promises such as taking over the whole of Czechoslovakia while agreeing to settle for Sudetenland. Also the demands made by Hitler made him stronger, the allies kept on agreeing to him to prevent war but this is made Hitler greedy, more aggressive and more powerful. It also demonstrated to the world how weak the allies were. ...read more.


This portrayed them to be very weak and feeble. This was because Neville Chamberlain was not ready to make tough decisions which could cause a potential war. Hitler realising how weak the allies were gave him confidence to demand aggressively and demand more. The weaknesses of allies also allowed Hitler to break the Treaty which made his army stronger and powerful. Hitler exploited the weaknesses to benefit Germany. In conclusion, the policy of appeasement was a big failure in the 1930?s because it allowed Hitler to gain confidence and become greedier with his demands which the allies agreed to. Also appeasement made the allies look weak and Hitler exploited this by demanding more and breaking the Treaty but most importantly it was the fact that Hitler gained strength through appeasement inevitably making him a much tougher opponent. ...read more.

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