Case 366 - The 1938 Munich Conference: Hitler, Chamberlain, and Appeasement

by Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University
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Dr. Paul Doerr

This case explores contentious debates surrounding the years preceding the outbreak of World War II in Europe. It closely tracks diplomatic machinations between allied powers and Hitler's Germany as well as domestic political forces that shaped the most controversial 20th-century foreign policy: Appeasement. 

The case raises numerous questions about the past and present of Western foreign policy: To what extent can diplomacy succeed as a tool of foreign policy when dealing with expansionist dictatorships? Did Britain display cowardice in not standing up to Hitler throughout the 1930s? Was appeasement a necessary evil given the limitations facing Britain at the time?