How Appeasement Aided The Start Of World War II

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How Appeasement Aided the Start of World War II When one chooses to take the easy path, there will always be unforeseen consequences, and this is exactly what happened in the policy concerning Hitler and Nazi Germany leading up to World War II. The Munich Agreement was signed on September 30, 1938 and it was at that moment that Hitler agreed to not take any more countries by force. Specifically, the agreement stated that Hitler would not take Sudetenland, a region in Czechoslovakia, seeing as it was given to him and force was not needed to take it. For Hitler, the Munich Agreement was a policy of appeasement towards the British and French. He signed the agreement knowing that he had no intention of abiding by it and that he would leave the rest of the allies looking ignorant to the world and even worse, to their own citizens. The appeasement was a failure and all it accomplished was leading the allies to believe that Hitler could be trusted. The events leading up to the Munich Agreement and the document itself fueled the fire for World War II and only intensified Hitler’s need for power. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica (2015) the “Munich Agreement, (September 30, 1938), [is the] settlement reached by Germany, Great Britain, France, and Italy that permitted German annexation of the Sudetenland in western Czechoslovakia.” The Czechoslovakian’s were not allowed to take part in the conference, even though the fate of their country was at stake. The goal of the
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