Provide an example of appeasement by European leaders to Hitler prior start of WW2?
One of the appeasements that were offered to Hitler was Britain’s policy that allowed Adolf Hitler to expand the German territory into the German-speaking part of the Czechoslovakia republic (Brânda, 2018). This policy was issued by the then British Prime minister Neville Chamberlain to prevent world war two.
The appeasement decision was reached during the Munich conference in which the British leadership allowed Hitler to further extend the German territory unchecked to appease Hitler to prevent the looming world war two(Birch, 2019). During the conference, Hitler himself promised never to make any territorial demand in Europe again. Aside from efforts of averting another war, Britons also sympathized with Britain because it had been treated unfairly since its defeat in 1918(Birch, 2019). British also offered appeasement because it wasn’t ready for significant rearmament for another war. It is also worth noting that France, Britain’s closest ally had become weaker and wouldn’t offer significant support in case of war (Brânda, 2018). However, Adolf Hitler later violated the Munich agreement by occupying the rest of Czechoslovakia, and later invaded Poland, a move that made Britain and France declare war against Germany.
Brânda, O. E. (2018). Can 21st Century Appeasement Be Successful? The European Union Case. In International Scientific Conference" Strategies XXI" (Vol. 1, pp. 11-21). “Carol I" National Defense University.
Birch, J. (2019). Appeasing Hitler: Chamberlain, Churchill and the road to war.