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The Appeasement Policy

The Appeasement Policy

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The article is about the importance of appeasement policy that caused the Second World War. It gives a brief idea about how appeasement policy affected Germany. It also explained the relationship between countries and countries. It mentions a little about how the signing of Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact paced the way to the Second World War.
The article is about the importance of appeasement policy that caused the Second World War. It gives a brief idea about how appeasement policy affected Germany. It also explained the relationship between countries and countries. It mentions a little about how the signing of Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact paced the way to the Second World War.

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Easter Holiday History Assignment – The Appeasement PolicyAppeasement policy was a foreign policy that was adapted byBritain and France in the 1930s toward Germany. The reason Britainand France adapted this policy was because they were hit badly andweakened seriously by the First World War, and later on the situationthat they faced was deteriorated even more, due the GreatDepression. As these two countries had their own problems, thoughthe aggression of Germany was very obvious, they merely wanted tofocus on domestic issues, such as economy and unemployment,instead of diplomatic affairs. Nevertheless, they appeased Germanyin order to maintain a good relationship between them, was becausethey wanted to use Germany as a bulwark against the spread of communism. The Soviet Union under communists’ rule was greatthreat to Britain and France. The policy started when Britain signed a naval agreement withHitler in 1935, which allowed Germany to expand its navy up tothirty-five percent of the number of Britain navy. Thereafter, in 1936,when Hitler sent troops to the demilitarized zone – Rhineland, whichintentionally violated the Treaty of Versailles, France didn’t interfereand took no action to Germany’s violation.
 
In 1938, Germany achieved success in annexing Austria andnorthwest Czechoslovakia. In fact, Hitler’s success in united Austriawas partly due to the British appeasement policy that Chamberlain,the British Prime Minister adapted. Chamberlain thought thatAustrians and Germans had the right to unit together, since theywere the same type of people, and Britain didn’t withstand theunion between Austria and Germany, yet it allowed Germany’spower to grow stronger.Afterward, just after the union with Austria, Hitler demandedthat Czechoslovakia should return Sudetenland. Hitler alsothreatened that if his demands were not satisfied, he would declaredwar. Again, due to the appeasement policy, Chamberlain signed theMunich Agreement to return Sudetenland to Germany.At that time, Hitler’s demand was unreasonable, yet due to thepolicy of appeasement, Hitler’s demand was satisfied. Theappeasement encouraged Germany to be aggressive and expandedthe appetite of Germany. The more others gave him, the bigger riskshe dared to take. This allowed Germany to grow stronger andstronger, and inevitably, the war would break out.
 
After signing the Munich Agreement, Germany occupiedSudetenland. Thereafter, Hitler sent troops to annex the rest of Czechoslovakia. At that time, Britain and France realized theaggression of Germany was unlimited, and decided to endappeasement and promise military aid to Poland in case of Germaninvasion. As expected, Hitler focused on Poland and demandedPoland to return land that Germany lost after the First World War.However, Hitler worried that Soviet Union would declare war onGermany, if Germany invades Poland, because Poland was locatednear the Soviet Union. Due to above reasons, Germany signed theNazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact with Soviet Union in 1939. Laterthen, Germany invaded Poland. Britain and France felt threatenedand demanded Germany to withdraw, yet Germany didn’t reply. As aresult, they declared war on Germany. As shown, the signing of Nazi-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact was one important cause of the SecondWorld War. The appeasement policy which was adapted by Britain andFrance encouraged the aggression of Germany. And as mentioned,due to the policy of appeasement, lots of invasion or possibilitiesthat would enhance the power of Germany were not resisted or

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