Noun. peace for our time (uncountable) Used to evoke the situation where an aggressor is being appeased for the sake of delaying a (possibly inevitable) war. Used to evoke the idea of false political promises and false expectations.
Chamberlain announces Britain is at war with Germany – 3 September 1939. “I have to tell you now that no such undertaking has been received, and that consequently this country is at war with Germany.”
While the country rejoiced that prime minister Neville Chamberlain had rescued Europe with the Munich Agreement, allowing Hitler to annex the Sudetenland, the Guardian thought the piece of paper he waved on his return to the UK almost worthless.
Munich Agreement , (September 30, 1938), settlement reached by Germany, Great Britain, France, and Italy that permitted German annexation of the Sudetenland, in western Czechoslovakia.
” Peace in Our Time ” is a 1984 satirical song by Elvis Costello which references Chamberlain. It is featured on the album Goodbye Cruel World.
On September 30, 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain received a rowdy homecoming after signing a peace pact with Nazi Germany. The clouds of war billowed in the British capital as the hours to the deadline dwindled.
On September 1, 1939, Hitler invaded Poland from the west; two days later, France and Britain declared war on Germany, beginning World War II . On September 17, Soviet troops invaded Poland from the east.
Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain announced that Britain was at war with Germany on this day in 1939. Britain and France had agreed to help Poland in the event of a German invasion – and when Hitler ignored their ultimatums, both countries declared war on Germany.
Declaration of War on Germany , December 11, 1941 | U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.
British and French prime ministers Neville Chamberlain and Edouard Daladier sign the Munich Pact with Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. The agreement averted the outbreak of war but gave Czechoslovakia away to German conquest.
Appeasement , Foreign policy of pacifying an aggrieved country through negotiation in order to prevent war. The prime example is Britain’s policy toward Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany in the 1930s.
Declaration of war: Chamberlain’s radio broadcast, 3 September 1939 , 11am. I am speaking to you from the cabinet room at 10 Downing Street.
Hitler had threatened to unleash a European war unless the Sudetenland, a border area of Czechoslovakia containing an ethnic German majority, was surrendered to Germany. The leaders of Britain, France, and Ital y agreed to the German annexation of the Sudetenland in exchange for a pledge of peace from Hitler.
In international relations, the Lesson of Munich refers to the appeasement of Adolf Hitler at the Munich Conference in September 1938. The agreement facilitated the German takeover of Czechoslovakia, and caused Hitler to believe the Western allies would not risk war over Poland the following year.
Sudetenland, sections of northern and western Bohemia and northern Moravia, in the vicinity of the Sudeten mountain ranges. The Sudetenland, which had a predominately German population, was incorporated into Czechoslovakia when that new nation’s frontiers were drawn in 1918–19.