France and England should not have practiced Appeasement during the 1930’s
As Hitler's Germany and Mussolini's Italy launched themselves into increasingly aggressive military and foreign policies during the mid-1930s, the other Western nations hoped to avert a crisis by negotiating with these countries. The policy of "appeasement" was most evident, and most tragic, when representatives of Britain and France sat down with Hitler to discuss the fate of Czechoslovakia in 1938 at the Munich conference. The end result was the eventual Nazi conquest of all of Czechoslovakia, despite Hitler's promises to the contrary.
Britain and France were so afraid of war that they did everything in their power to avoid it except for the one thing that could have; confront Hitler early. Britain and France allowed Hitler time to prepare for the war. While Neville Chamberlain was busy fighting for his claim for “peace for our time,” Hitler was rearming his country and preparing his troops. If Britain and France had taken early action when the Sudeten crisis arose, they might have been able to conquer Germany at a point in time when they did not have the ability to withstand an attack. Unfortunately, both countries were blinded by an overwhelming fear of another world war. It was believed at the time that if Germany were given Czechoslovakia that it might ‘appease’ them and therefore prevent or suspend the outbreak of war.
At each of the meetings in Munich Hitler would extend his demands with no objection from either France or Britain. Therefore, after the annexation of Czechoslovakia Hitler was left with a feeling of superiority over France and Britain. Hitler now knew that he could continue doing as he pleased because both Britain and France were so fearful of war that they would do anything to prevent it. This new sense of self-esteem gave him both the power and the morale that he would need to take over Poland...