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Arguments Against Appeasement

Level:
GCSE
Board:
AQA

Last updated 3 Sept 2018

Appeasement was British policy towards Hitler throughout the 1930s. It involved granting Hitler’s demands in the hope that he would eventually become satisfied. There are a number of arguments against such a policy

  1. The more Hitler succeeded the more he demanded, which kept encouraging him. For every victory Hitler had, he was able to demand more next time. Appeasement enabled Hitler to become aggressive.
  2. Appeasement meant that Britain trusted Hitler completely that he would be satisfied with is gains. Appeasement, therefore, was a gamble based on believing that Hitler was trustworthy
  3. Appeasement also allowed Germany to grow into a strong nation with a strong army, which was more powerful than Britain, something the Treaty of Versailles had attempted to stop.
  4. Appeasement showed that Britain and France would not stand up to Hitler against Communism, which worried those in the Soviet Union significantly.

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