15 Facts About Appeasement


Appeasement in an international context is a diplomatic policy of making political, material, or territorial concessions to an aggressive power in order to avoid conflict.

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Appeasement was strongly supported by the British upper class, including royalty, big business, the House of Lords, and media such as the BBC and The Times.

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Appeasement confidently announced after Munich that he had secured "peace for our time".

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Appeasement gambled on Britain not getting involved but was unsure how France would react.

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Appeasement's officers had orders to withdraw if they met French resistance.

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Appeasement said in Mein Kampf that he would attempt a union of his birth country Austria with Germany, by any means possible and by force if necessary.

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Appeasement said he was willing to accept the cession of the Sudetenland to Germany.

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Appeasement was startled by Hitler's response: Hitler said that cession of the Sudetenland was not enough and that Czechoslovakia must be broken up completely.

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Appeasement came to be seen as something to be avoided by those with responsibility for the diplomacy of Britain or any other democratic country.

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Appeasement was accepted by most of those responsible for British foreign policy in the 1930s, by leading journalists and academics and by members of the royal family, such as King Edward VIII and his successor, George VI.

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Appeasement was replaced by Clement Attlee, who at first opposed rearmament, advocating the abolition of national armaments and a world peace-keeping force under the direction of the League of Nations.

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Appeasement was invited by the Royal family onto the balcony at Buckingham Palace before he had reported to Parliament.

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Appeasement was an active policy, and not a passive one; allowing Hitler to consolidate was a policy implemented by "men confronted with real problems, doing their best in the circumstances of their time".

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Appeasement was considered a viable policy, considering the strains that the British Empire faced in recuperating from World War I, and Chamberlain was said to have adopted a policy suitable to Britain's cultural and political needs.

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Appeasement was a crisis management strategy seeking a peaceful settlement of Hitler's grievances.

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