Reasons for appeasement

There were many reasons why Chamberlain appeased Hitler, but here are the main ones:

  1. The British people wanted peace - they would not have supported a war in 1938.
  2. Many of Hitler's complaints appeared reasonable at the time - especially about the Treaty of Versailles.
  3. Chamberlain wanted a strong Germany to serve as a barrier against expansion by communist Russia.
  4. Britain's armed forces were not ready for a war, and they could not have helped Czechoslovakia anyway.
  5. Many people admired Hitler - in 1938, the American magazine 'Time' declared him 'Man of the Year'.
  6. Chamberlain remembered the slaughter of World War One - he thought another war would destroy civilisation.