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There is a great controversy surrounding the Munich Pact and the appeasement of Hitler Some historians argue that Neville Chamberlains appeasement of Germanys fuhrer was a great mistake while others suggest that the British Prime Minister made the right decision in a difficult situation Looking at the Munich Conference from an historical point of view it is clear that the best solution would have been British military intervention in Czechoslovakia However it is unfair to judge Chamberlains decision without putting ourselves in his place Perhaps with his limited knowledge limited in the sense of not knowing everything about the German situation and the state of Britain he did not make a mistake in signing the Munich Pact In September of 1938 the four powers of Western Europe Britain France Germany and Italy met at Munich to decide the fate of Czechoslovakia Hitler wanted the annexation of the Sudetenland west end of Czechoslovakia bordering Germany arguing that the three million Germans living in this area desired to live in their native country On September 30 Chamberlain Daladier Hitler and Mussolini signed the Munich Pact allowing the Sudetenland to come under German rule with Hitlers promise that this would be the last of his territorial conquests Chamberlain went back home declaring peace in our time He was widely praised for avoiding a war with Germany although Winston Churchill thought differently We have suffered a total and unmitigated defeat All is over he proclaimed to the House of Commons He went on to say that it is better to fight a war sooner than later if war is unavoidable In Germany Hitler received similar praise for his people were against fighting another war as well Was it possible for both countries to walk away from Munich as victors Was Chamberlain correct in thinking the agreement was symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again History shows us that he
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