Master of Arts (MA)
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The appeasement policy culminated with the Munich Agreement in September 1938 and its effects are still being felt today. Because of his preconceived notions and inflexible world view, British Prime Minister Chamberlain did not listen to the pleas of those who opposed appeasement. He ignored their opinions about military build-up, possible German war aims, or anything else that challenged the viability of his appeasement policy. Ultimately, Chamberlain's tunnel vision caused the destruction of the democratic country of Czechoslovakia and promoted the most destructive war in human history. The purpose of this thesis is to analyze Chamberlain's justifications, the strategies of his opponents (focusing on the British and Czechoslovak opposition), British public opinion, demonstrate the Czechoslovak government's position from 1938 to 1942 and analyze its struggle to reverse the repercussions of an agreement they considered a Diktat.
British; Czechoslovak; Disastrous; Gamble; Relations
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Heitschmidt, Traci Colston, "A disastrous gamble: Czechoslovak-British relations, 1937-1942" (1994). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 379.