WHY & WHEN WAS APPEASEMENT ABANDONED? Appeasement:Foreign policy aimed at settling disputes between different states by negotiation and compromise, the idea being to avoid resorting to an armed conflict.
Versailles Treaty and resentment in Germany
Efforts to enforce peace treaty
The revision of the peace happened; Locarno in 1925, Manchuria (1931), Abyssinia(1935/6) remilitarization of Rhineland(1936), Anschluss (1938), and Munich pact (1938)
The road to war; rearmament (1932-1939) began, and by the end of the 1930s military guarantees (1939) were issued
Revolutions were spreading across Europe and elsewhere – there was serious concern throughout the 1930s that communism would threaten the ‘stability’ of the international community.
Germany was a buffer against communism.
Power in Europe was unbalanced, instead of France now Germany had undue power throughout the continent.
Conclude: Why and when?
The balance in Europe was upset, and the international community became concerned. Britain became gradually more assertive in response to German aggression and started to abandon appeasement as the public were no longer against war to stop Germany, the economy had improved and as the process of rearming continued the military strength of Britain and France increased – hence, appeasement was not abandoned overnight.
The Research Process
Use a variety of sources to understand the question.
MHRA: Macdonald, P. K., and J. M. Parent, ‘Graceful Decline: The Surprising Success of Great Power Retrenchment’, in International Security, 35. 4 (2011), 7-44.
Harvard: MACDONALD, P. K., J.M. PARENT. 2011. Graceful Decline: The Surprising Success of Great Power Retrenchment. International Security. 35(4), pp. 7-44.
Books/Monographs provide an in-depth resource of information, and no high mark can be achieved without them
Use http://lib.leeds.ac.uk to search for books. If you wanted to search for appeasement, like I did in for my presentation, then don’t just search for appeasement. Search for a specific subject within that topic.
Also ask your module tutors for books they recommend if there is an extensive reading list or no reading list at all.
Soviet Union and appeasement / France and appeasement
Use the Special Collections at the University of Leeds – rare books make your bibliography impressive.
Generally, the more sources you read, the more you learn, the better the understanding of the issues, the better the argument, the more impressive the bibliography, the better the mark. Being able to write an essay is a pre-requisite of going to university. Combine these two, and you should access the firsts. In another essay I wrote recently, for 2200 words, I had 40 references. In this presentation, I read 12-15 different sources.
Engage the audience by asking their hands on an aspect of the presentation, for example I asked my audience if they thought appeasement ended when a) rearmament began b) when the Munich Crisis happened, c) when war was declared or d) when fighting began.
Ensure that you have a handout and a reader sheet – the reader sheet is more comprehensive than the handout and is what you quickly glance to when presenting.
Break each slide down into a point on a handout (as you can see above)
Rehearse your presentation beforehand.
Do not just read off the reader sheet – this is solely there to guide you if you become stuck on a particular point.
You should know, as a result of the reading and the write up of the handout/reader sheet/PowerPoint presentation, everything you’re talking about. This should mean you don’t have to be reading from a sheet of paper – generally speaking, the more you simply ‘read out’ a presentation, the more unlikely it becomes you can reach a good first. Knowing what you’re presenting makes the difference – it will show when asked questions by the audience.
The reader sheet is a walkthrough of your presentation.