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The Widespread Public Revulsion to the Horrors of War Explains Britain's Policy of Appeasement in the Years 1933-37.

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'The widespread public revulsion to the horrors of war explains Britain's policy of appeasement in the years 1933-37.'
How far do you agree with this opinion? (June 2012)
The widespread public revulsion to the horrors of war is a factor for Britain's policy of appeasement in the years 1933-37.   However, there are other reasons that contribute to their policy of appeasement such as their economic difficulties, their lack of allies, the fear of war and their military weakness. Therefore, I believe that although public revulsion played a part in explaining Britain's policy of appeasement it doesn't not fully explain it and therefore is reliant on the other factors effecting it.
Public revulsion to the horrors of war explains Britain's policy on appeasement because it meant that public opinion was in favour of appeasing Germany as they did not want a war to start after the experiences that came for World War One. There were many displays made of public opinion due to their revulsion to war for example in the Oxford Union Debate where 256 to 15 votes said that 'this house will in no circumstances fight for King and Country.' This had a big effect on Britain's policy of appeasement as these would have been young people who would have eventually been affected by the coming of another war and conscription which followed the start and would be joining the army, so if they were not willing then Britain were left at danger if they did go to war and therefore had to appease to stop war happening. Also the East Fulham By election in 1933 where a Conservative candidate supporting increases in defence spending was defeated greatly by a Labour candidate who was regarded anti-war. This shows that public opinion was almost pacifist and did not want another war because of the last and therefore did not want to support the movements that involved preparation for war of any kind and therefore would rather appease to avoid war.
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