After consideration, the British government decided against military opposition to Hitler’s reoccupation of the Rhineland. They decided instead to follow a policy of appeasement. The British hoped that, with the backing of the international community, this approach could settle any dispute through diplomacy and avoid risking military action.

First broadcast:
17 October 2007

Start a discussion on Britain's policy of appeasement in the lead up to World War II. Students could discuss how hindsight can influence our view of events. How fair is the view that appeasement was a cowardly policy?