Appeasement - How the West Helped Hitler Start WW2 | BETWEEN 2 WARS I 1938 Part 1 of 4

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With the increasing aggression of Italy, Japan, and Germany in the 1930s, the League of Nations is becoming increasingly ineffective in regulating international disputes. Britain and France adopt a diplomatic strategy of appeasement to hold off all-out war and buy some crucial time. But will it work, and can Adolf Hitler's territorial ambitions be contained?

Hosted by: Indy Neidell
Written by: Francis van Berkel and Spartacus Olsson
Directed by: Spartacus Olsson and Astrid Deinhard
Executive Producers: Bodo Rittenauer, Astrid Deinhard, Indy Neidell, Spartacus Olsson
Creative Producer: Joram Appel
Post-Production Director: Wieke Kapteijns
Research by: Tom Meaden, Isabel Wilson, and Francis van Berkel
Edited by: Daniel Weiss
Sound design: Marek Kamiński

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Hindsight is 20/20. It's easy to look back at Anglo-French foreign policy in the 1930s and be shocked at how many mistakes politicians like Neville Chamberlain could make. This video will probably only add to that judgement, it more or less charts all the times Hitler could have been stopped but wasn't. But put yourself in the context of the time. Memories of the Great War are only twenty years ago old, and the public has no appetite for another massive conflict. The global economy is only just showing signs of recovery after the Great Depression, and Britain and France barely have the industrial capacity to fight a modern war. So, imagine you’re Chamberlain (or any other politician of the time), are you really going to commit your country to war over a territorial disagreement between Germany and Czechoslovakia? The invasion of Poland in September 1939 shows that appeasement was a mistake. But maybe it was an understandable one? Let us know what you think in the comments.


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Author — TimeGhost History


"If you want peace you must prepare for war"
Germany: Prepares for war.
Britain: N-no not like that.

Author — AFGuidesHD


"No more appeasement!" cried the British as they suffered -10% stability

Author — Evilsamar


A fun fact from a native czech - in my country we call the Munich agreement: *About us, without us*

Author — John Smith


Is it on purpose that the video is 19:39 minutes long?

Author — Yours Truly


Aka: the policy of Hitler saying “I want that thing” and the allies saying “you can’t have- oh fine! You can have that thing”

Author — Fortis 3


When Germany remilitarized the Rheinland they actually had a retreat plan ready, in case the French would intervene.

Author — Kapten-N


In fact, the only country to formally protest the effective invasion of Austria will be Mexico.

Author — pizzapicante27


“Hey. I want that thing.”
“No you can’t have that—okay fine. You can have that thing but no more!”
“Hey. I want that thing.”

AAAAaaand repeat.

Author — superjawes


Check out who shows up at 6:07. It's our buddy August Von Mackensen! You can't miss that hat/helmet. It just stands out in a crowd.

Author — Wayne Moyer


Indy quoting Robert California, isn't it just the most awesome thing ever!

Author — aachim7


The video is 19:39 minutes and seconds long. Very well done.

Author — ItsMad Lad


He’s starting to swear a lot now. He’s kind of scary. 😂

Author — Britopia


Awesome episode, vibrant, informative and with a killing end, well done guys, this series rocks.

Author — Canthama


In 1938 Czechoslovakia had one of the largest military budgets on the world and largest among democratic nations. Its border defense second only to Maginot line itself (but wasnt finished yet). Czechoslovakia high comand did has plans for war against Germany 1v1, but they count on fact that both Poland and Austria must be neutral. If thats not a case then strategy was to buy time for France to attack. That plan had certain unforseen weekness.

BTW. reason why I like Churchill isnt because what he did during WW2, I like him for what he said about Munich treaty.
80 years later whenever anyone wants points out why western powers are not trust worthy and why we should have closer ties with Russia or China, guess what they still pulls out?

Author — vlanAlf


Chamberlain: "Ignore whatever that Churchill fellow is saying about war and shame. He doesn't have a f***ing clue."

Author — George Spragens


I was under the impression that Seyss-Inquart was hanged after the Nuremberg Trial in 1946, and that he did not die 1970. A mistake?

Great episode though, you guys are killing it!

Author — Mattias Neander


„The furnaces of German nazism has fueled...“ This comment in particular didn’t age to well

Author — Sqirrle


I would add that after the Munich agreement the USSR replaced ally-friendly Litvinov with axis-friendly Molotov, which propelled Germany into futhering their expansion policy. Overall a great video, please never stop making these.

Author — Ninevia Aware


Ooooh my first early access since becoming a Patreon! Absolutely love this and the WW2 series!

Author — Artrexis Lives