Appeasement: 1931-1940 Timeline

Appeasement, the policy of making concessions to the dictatorial powers in order to avoid conflict, governed Anglo-French foreign policy during the 1930s. It became indelibly associated with Conservative Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain. 

The legacy of the First World War, military unpreparedness and a recognition of Germany’s legitimate grievances after the Treaty of Versailles all militated against confronting Hitler.

Alex Browne studied History at Kings College London and is an Assistant Editor at Made From History. He specializes in post-war history in the USA and Central America.