April 24, 2018
Appeasement can be seen as a way to prevent war under any circumstance. Many people were determined and willing to do anything to insure something like WW1 doesn’t happen again. Appeasement was the right policy to follow given the circumstances of the 1930s because it would insure that another World War would not start, Britain’s armed forces were not ready for a war, and that Germany was treated very harshly in the Treaty of Versailles. To prevent wars from happening appeasement was the right action to take.
Firstly, many people remember the horrors of WW1 and do not want another war. WW1 took the lives of 10 million solders and costed hundreds of billions of dollars. No one wants to pay those costs again. Many people were suffering from the Great Depression and the last thing they need is another war. Some might argue that the war will end the great depression by opening up a lot more job opportunities for building weapons and aircrafts, but it will also take a lot of money and lives.
Secondly, WW1 just ended which means that many countries need more time to rearm their military.
Thirdly, people believed that Germany was treated very harshly under the Treaty of Versailles and people believed Hitler was the answer to bring Germany back from all the loses from WW1. Many people looked up to Hitler and through he was a trustworthy, and though his power was not considerably strong. He was against communism, so there weren’t any reasons to stop Hitler. “Hitler seemed to be a man of deep sincerity and a genuine patriot. Hitler was a simple sort of peasant, not very intelligent and no serious danger to anyone,” comments given by Mackenzie King after a meeting with Hitler. Many people looked up to Hitler and thought he was trying to fix and help out Germany.
In conclusion, appeasement was the right policy to follow given the circumstances of 1930s because many feared another World War, many countries needed time to rearm their military, and many believed Hitler was the answer to Germany being treated very harshly at the Treaty of Versailles. Appeasement was the right call to keep people safe from Wars. It allows countries to get what they want under a circumstance.