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Neville Chamberlain

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History 101 - Neville Chamberlain

 

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Neville Chamberlain returns from Germany with the Munich Agreement

 

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British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain leaves for Munich (1938)

 

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Britain Stops Trying to Appease Hitler and Turns to Churchill

 

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Neville Chamberlain meets German Chancellor Adolf Hitler

Arthur Neville Chamberlain was a British politician of the Conservative Party who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from May 1937 to May 1940. He is best known for his foreign policy of appeasement, and in particular for his signing of the Munich Agreement on 30 September 1938, ceding the German-speaking Sudetenland region of Czechoslovakia to Germany. Following the German invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939, which marked the beginning of the Second World War, Chamberlain announced the declaration of war on Germany two days later and led the United Kingdom through the first eight months of the war until his resignation as prime minister on 10 May 1940.
  • Personal 

  • Childhood and businessman 

  • Entry into politics 

  • Rise from the backbench 

  • Opposition and second term as Chancellor 

  • War debt 

  • Defence spending 

  • Role in the abdication crisis 

  • Premiership (1937–1940) 

  • Domestic policy 

  • Relations with Ireland 

  • Early days (May 1937 – March 1938) 

  • Road to Munich (March 1938 – September 1938) 

  • Preliminary meetings 

  • Munich conference 

  • Aftermath and reception 

  • Path to war (October 1938 – August 1939) 

  • Declaration of war 

  • "Phoney War" 

  • Downfall 

  • Lord President of the Council 

  • Death 

  • Legacy and reputation 

  • Academic honours 

  • Freedoms