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Why did Britain follow a policy of appeasement towards Germany?

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    HELP!! :woo:
    the title is my essay question and i don't understand what i'm writing about!
    It's due in tommorrow and the only thing i have written is "in the 1920s, britain and germany got on well"


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    basics
    -people saw Versailles was unfair so less likely to questions actions which were in defiance of it (e.g. rhineland, austria) the alarm bells began to sound on his invasion of czechoslovakia
    -rearmament- chamberlain hoped hitler would be happy but if not, the extra few years appeasement bought britain allowed for rearmament in case of war
    -just coming out of the depression... reluctant to have a high cost war- GB was fighting to keep hold of the empire. Could not fight in europe and in the colonies. (national self-determination of countries such as india)
    -failure of the league- by this point no-one was going to listen to the league, it was powerless (refer to abyssinia, corfu, manchuria)
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    hope that helps
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    (Original post by geminibubblegum)
    basics
    -people saw Versailles was unfair so less likely to questions actions which were in defiance of it (e.g. rhineland, austria) the alarm bells began to sound on his invasion of czechoslovakia
    -rearmament- chamberlain hoped hitler would be happy but if not, the extra few years appeasement bought britain allowed for rearmament in case of war
    -just coming out of the depression... reluctant to have a high cost war- GB was fighting to keep hold of the empire. Could not fight in europe and in the colonies. (national self-determination of countries such as india)
    -failure of the league- by this point no-one was going to listen to the league, it was powerless (refer to abyssinia, corfu, manchuria)
    Thank you soo much!
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    I would also consider this point: The Conserative decided to negotiate with Hitler since they thought it offered a bulwark against Bolshevism - for instance in 1936 the British PM, Stanley Baldwin wrote - 'If there is any fighting in Europe to be done, I should like to see the Bolsheviks and the Nazis doing it'.
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    Wirth having a look at some of the "establishment" links between some UK politicians and the nazis too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles...of_Londonderry
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    'cause we didn't want another war innit?
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    Ah the good ol' GCSE days.
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    cheers for that!!

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