Unit 4: Depression, Totalitarianism, Appeasement
In the 1930's, the world was caught up in the economic crisis of the Great Depression. in most countries, including the United States, people looked to the government to solve the problems created by the financial meltdown. In some countries, the economic pain combined with racism and militarism to create a toxic mix of emotions that allowed brutal dictators to take control and steer their countries, and the world, towards war. Sadly, the Western powers such as the United States were too wrapped up in their own problems to recognize the danger presented by the dictators until it was too late to avoid war, and almost too late to avoid total defeat.
This unit will have the following lessons:
Click here for the Timeline of Appeasement.
Make sure you click on Europe.
Please, please, please, READ THE DIRECTIONS!!!
"Appeasement" can be defined as "giving in to someone's demands as far as is reasonably possible to avoid conflict".
“How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas-masks here because of a quarrel in a far-away country between people of whom we know nothing!” – Neville Chamberlain, 1938