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Adrian Phillips

Biography

Adrian Phillips

Adrian Phillips took an undergraduate degree in French and German, which underpinned a successful career as an investment analyst in London and Frankfurt. For a number of years he was voted in the top three commentators on investment in Germany. Studying the twists and turns of European governments and how they influenced stock markets gave him a deep insight into the day-to-day operation of politics. Eventually he allowed his real passion for history to take him back to university and a postgraduate degree in twentieth century British history

Adrian Phillips

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by Adrian Phillips - Biography, History, Nonfiction, Politics, Social Issues

Appeasement failed in all its goals. The kindest thing that can be said of it is that postponed World War II by one year. Its real effect was to convince Hitler and Mussolini that Britain was weak and afraid of confrontation, encouraging them to ever-greater acts of aggression. The turning point of the Czech crisis in September 1938 came when Wilson saw Hitler on his own and left him convinced that Britain was bluffing and would not go to war to defend Czechoslovakia. The dismemberment of Czechoslovakia that followed was not the end of appeasement. The Anglo-German Declaration was Chamberlain’s personal vanity project but both Chamberlain and Wilson believed that it genuinely brought "peace for our time."