To What Extent Was the Policy of Appeasement Responsible for the Outbreak of War in Europe in 1939?

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To what extent was the policy of appeasement responsible for the outbreak of war in Europe in 1939? The policy of appeasement gave way to Hitler’s aggression and contributed to the cause of war. Appeasement meant that Hitler could grow in strength to the point where Nazi Germany became a threat. Britain and France The League of Nations became a false hope, which Britain placed their faith in.111 Appeasement allowed Hitler to grow his strength to the point of being a major threat to Europe. While the Nazi’s gained power through; the tearing up of the Versailles treaty, Remilitarisation of Rhineland, Conscription and Anschluss, Britain and France avoided involvement for numerous reasons. The League of Nations was unable to act in accordance to Hitler or Mussolini because for it to act there had to be a unanimous decision to take action. The league of Nations and the Principe of collective security was void, Abyssinia had proven this.The league of nations was unable to act in accordance to Hitler or Mussolini because for it to act there had to be a unanimous decision to take action. Hitler actions were viewed sympathetically, Anglo-German navel agreement represented Britain’s attitude towards Germany. This directly contravened the Treaty of Versailles and also was done without the consulting of France and so weakened the Stresa Front. Britain had an attitude of appeasement towards Hitler because of Britain’s economic state and also the public opinion of going back to war. “The bomber will always get through” was stated by PM Baldwin, There was a popular dread of another war which was worsted by new technologies which made certain a another war would be even worse. British Public opinion was undoubtable pacifist as seen in the 1933 Fulham By-election and peace ballot. Rallies and many youths who could not contemplate why anyone would want another war pushed the Anti-war opinion of many of the British. The longer Britain let Hitler continue with his aggressive...
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