The Policy of Appeasement

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In the 1930’s, Britain and France widely pursued the idea of the policy of Appeasement. This policy was between these two countries and Germany which, at the time, was led by Hitler and his communist ideals. Appeasement refers to the policy in which both Britain and France submitted to Hitler’s negotiation proposals in an attempt to compromise on terms and ultimately avoid war. Appeasement can be describes, as ‘a bully getting his/her way because of the power he/she holds over someone who is willing to do anything to get them off of their chest.’ During the course of the 1930’s, Hitler and his army were able to bypass many laws set in place by the Treaty of Versailles. The Treaty of Versailles was signed on 8 June 1919 as a peace settlement between Germany and France, Britain and Italy that had ended World War One. The Treaty stated that Germany was to accept blame for World War One as well as get rid of most of their armed forces, they were also expected to give up some territory to France. Many saw the Treaty of Versailles as too harsh of a policy on Germany and that Germany should have been treated more fairly, this is why Britain and France did not show any signs of objection when Hitler moved his increasing number of navy troops into Rhineland on 1936. Appeasement was an attempt to avoid a war and so Britain and France would often turn their heads and allow Hitler to breach the policy of the Treaty in attempt to satisfy him and thus maintain peace between the powers.
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