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Today In History- October 10

World War II: The Munich Agreement cedes the Sudetenland to Germany.


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Munich Agreement proves false hope in appeasement.

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Following the Sudetenland crisis regarding native Germans in Czechoslovakia, on October 10, 1938, the Munich Agreement was signed, with international intervention.  Demands by German Dictator Adolf Hitler were strict because of the military importance of those lands for Czechoslovakia.  The agreement was seen as a success for appeasement, as championed by then British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlin, who saw the document as a means of satisfying further desires for Hitler.  When Hitler violated the treaty, it was an example of the failure to appease totalitarian governments, leading many to believe that more should have been done to prevent the subsequent global conflict.

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