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British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain's policy of appeasement has been seen as far too weak and a catalyst for World War 2. Watch this video to find out more.

Chamberlain and appeasement

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Key points

  • Chamberlain's policy of appeasement made war more likely.
  • The Sudentenland was part of western Czechoslovakia. In 1938 Hitler encouraged Germans living there to demand a union with Germany, and threatened war when this was denied.
  • France and Britain gave Germany all of the Sudentenland in the Munich Agreement.
  • Britain’s policy of appeasement showed Hitler he could do what he liked. On the 15th March 1939 Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia.

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