Bfp 37-39 Triumph or Disaster?

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The British Foreign Policy in the years 1937-1939 was a disaster. The policy in which they had used may have appeared a triumph at the time in 1937-39 however it is clear that it was a major disaster and it had failed to achieve its goal of securing peace across Europe with the start of the 2nd World War in 1939. The British Foreign Policy’s main cause for disaster was the idea of Appeasement. This policy in which a country would give in to the demands of an opposing aggressive leader in order to avoid any chance of war happening. This is exactly what Britain decided to do in order to deal with Adolf Hitler’s demands of taking back Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia. The Munich Agreement resolved this by giving Sudetenland back to Germany. In source 8, an artist gives his impression on what the actions of giving the Sudetenland to Nazi Germany were. The drawing shows the 4 major politicians of British Foreign Policy of Wilson, Henderson, Halifax and Chamberlain stand before skulls with Sudetenland wrote across them, this shows that the artist believes that giving Sudentland to Hitler would cause death for those of the Czechoslovakian population who were not Germany nationals. This shows that appeasement, in which is designed to avoid conflict, war and death was causing it anyway by letting a country being invaded by an Aggressive leader such as Hitler. This factor of surrendering the Sudentland under appeasement is key to why British Foreign Policy was a disaster. The factor that War had broke out in 1939 despite the actions under the British Foreign Policy shows that the policy was a disaster. It had failed the main achievement of avoiding war in Europe, however with the aggressive leaders such as Hitler and Mussolini in Europe; many believed they needed to be confronted with rather than given what they wanted. Source 4 is an extract from a speech by Winston
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