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Unformatted text preview: of the Soviet Union and fear of Communism. ¶ Appeasement failed because Hitler was unappeasable. He sought ¶ not to adjust the European balance of power in Germany’s favor, ¶ but rather to overthrow it. He wanted a Germanruled Europe that ¶ would have eliminated France and Britain as European powers. But ¶ Hitler was also undeterrable; he embraced war because he knew he ¶ could not get what he wanted without it. There was thus little that ¶ the democracies could do to deter Hitler from war , though Hitler ¶ expected war later than 1939. There was going to be war as long as ¶ Hitler remained in power.¶ A reassessment of the history of appeasement in the 1930s ¶ yields the following conclusions: ﬁrst, Hitler remains unequaled ¶ as a state threat. No post1945 threat to the United States bears ¶ genuine comparison to the Nazi dictatorship. Second, AngloFrench ¶ security choices in the 1930s were neither simple nor obvious; they were shaped and constrained by factors ignored or misunderstood ¶ by those who retrospectively have boiled them down to a simple ¶ choice between good and evil. Third, hindsight is not 20/20 vision; ¶ it distorts. We v...
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This note was uploaded on 10/27/2013 for the course DEBATE 101 taught by Professor None during the Summer '12 term at University of California, Berkeley.
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