Lead: Faced with the growing power of Germany Britain’s Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain sought accommodation with the Nazis with the policy of appeasement.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In hindsight appeasement usually stimulates thoughts of cowardly surrender to German demands, but at the time it was considered by many to be a reasonable response to legitimate grievances. The policy which was wildly popular actually began under Chamberlain’s predecessor, Stanley Baldwin. Britain stood aside when Italy attacked Ethiopia in August 1935. Baldwin and Chamberlain after him remembered the horror of the First World War and were determined to avoid a repeat at all costs. They were concerned that the British Empire lacked the resources to face down Japan, Italy and Germany at the same time so they attempted to reach agreement with the strongest, the Nazi Regime of Adolf Hitler.

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