Was appeasement the same in 1936 as 1938?

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Although relationships between nations were very intense in 1936, it was still relatively peaceful if it is to compare with 1938. The year prior to 1936, was when the Abyssinia crisis take place and the Anglo-German Naval Treaty - which allowed Hitler to build up his Navy. In March 1936, Hitler took a big 'risk' to remilitarise the Rhineland and the beginning of the Spanish Civil War.

Although Britain saw Hitler marching his forces into the Rhineland, the British was not eager to take action, since most people in Britain believed that the Treaty of Versailles was unfair (France then refused to act alone). Later that year, however, Hitler tried out his new armed forces in the Spanish Civil War, his new army made devastating effect. Britain saw the effect of Hitler's new army, the British was concerned, but they can see, however, that Hitler was at least fighting against Communism.

In 1938, Hitler (now allied with Italy and Japan) united with Austria. The British once again put up little resistance, seeing they regarded the Treat of Versailles was unfair. After that, Hitler took over the Sudetenland from Czechoslovakia. The British prime minister, Neville Chamberlain went to Munich and had a conference with Hitler, in that Hitler promised that Sudetenland was his last objective and Chamberlain trusted him. Hitler, however, broke his promise later and invaded the rest of Czechoslovakia then Poland. France and Britain then declared war against Germany.

Appeasement was not quite the same in 1936 as 1938. In 1936, Britain and France adapted the policy of appeasement is because they did not want to start another war with Germany. Moreover, Britain thought that the Treaty of Versailles was harsh, as British's Lord Halifax had suggested to Hitler before the Anschluss that Britain would not resist Germany uniting...