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Profits of PeaceThe Political Economy of Anglo-German Appeasement$
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Scott Newton

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198202127

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202127.001.0001

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The Approach of War, March-September 1939

The Approach of War, March-September 1939

(p.102) 5 The Approach of War, March-September 1939
Profits of Peace

Scott Newton

Oxford University Press

The German invasion of Czechoslovakia was a surprise to the British government and provoked widespread anxiety amongst a public whose willingness to believe in the permanence of the Munich agreement was evaporating fast. In Westminster the government came under pressure from the Labour Party; but for Chamberlain the most alarming development was the open disenchantment with appeasement revealed on his own side of the House. A looming financial crisis coincided with and may well have inspired a series of attempts at concluding a lasting Anglo-German détente. The point of all the activity was to persuade Hitler that co-operation with Britain on a broad political and economic front was possible — but only on condition that Germany renounced the use of force as a means of settling international disputes. The search for such a diplomatic coup led the Chamberlain government to make a number of generous offers to Germany during the course of July and August 1939.

Keywords:   Germany, invasion, Czechoslovakia, economic policy, foreign policy, appeasement, Chamberlain

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