Neville Chamberlain Did The Right Thing

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Host: Royal Geographical Society
Location: 1 Kensington Gore London SW7 2AR
Speaker: For: John Charmley, Glyn Stone Against: Piers Brendon, Sir Richard Evans

75 years ago, Neville Chamberlain returned from meeting Hitler in Munich waving a piece of paper and proclaiming “peace for our time”. The British people greeted him with hysterical relief. But within a year Europe was at war, Chamberlain had resigned and Churchill had been proclaimed war leader.

The Munich Agreement has been regarded as the most shameful episode in modern British times, but has history judged Chamberlain too harshly? To debate this question Intelligence Squared brings to its stage four eminent historians of the Second World War: Piers Brendon and Sir Richard Evans who will take the traditional line that Chamberlain’s hopes that appeasement would stop Hitler were naive and spineless; and revisionists John Charmley and Glyn Stone who will question what choice Chamberlain really had in 1938. How could he justify going to war when Hitler might just have been telling the truth about the limits of his territorial ambitions? Moreover, Britain’s defences weren’t ready for war and the delay in hostilities allowed time for military and air power to be strengthened.

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