There was a general feeling that Germany had genuine grievances. Hitler claimed that Germans who were living outside Germany had a right to self-determination. It was believed that the policy of appeasement would promote Anglo-German friendship remove grievances. Other scholars argue that there was no alternative to the policy of appeasement as most countries were not prepar... ... middle of paper ... ...t, Hitler believed that the British government would reconsider its policy of appeasement. He thus decided to invade Poland on September 1st 1939, on 3rd, British declared war against Hitler (Scaife 121).
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For example, Great Britain’s motive was to make sure that Germany would no longer by a threat to it (Versailles, 223). France’s motive in the treaty was to try and assure in the future that it would not be invaded, as France was extremely vulnerable at that time period and surrounded by stronger countries that could easily defeat France, and that it would have allies in countries like the USA that would protect France if the need ever arose. Because of so many motives that were so vastly different that they could not come to an agr... ... middle of paper ... ...romote conservatism so the change of pace would be slow. This helped to achieve each leader’s respective motive and therefore made the treaty a popular one. The motive, structure, and philosophies for the Congress of Vienna and the Treaty of Versailles had various differences and because of this had very different results.
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The agreement that was reached enacted several harsh measures against Germany. Aside from the huge reparations that they would be forced to pay, the Allied nations forced the Germans to completely demilitarize their military. Germany was also str... ... middle of paper ... ...w by pursuing what they believed to be the “best-case scenario.” Hitler probably could have been stopped if the British had stood up to him in the Rhineland Crisis. Because it was so early in his pursuit for continental domination, he did not yet have the mainstream support that he would by the actual beginning of the war. If he had failed Germany early, perhaps he might have been overthrown.
It then became clear to chamberlain and France that negotiation would not work in this situation. On 3rd September 1939 both Britain and France declared war on Germany. In conclusion, appeasement although having failed in the end had managed to delay a war to a time when Britain and France were fairly well prepared for it. We may consider that had Britain and France opposed Germany from the start and used brute force against Hitler, the war may have been avoided. Yes it may have been avoided but that also true for the opposite.