The Munich Agreement

The press conference given by Chamberlain on his return from Munich in 1938, in which he claimed to have secured `peace in our time'. Memories of the Great War were so painful that the Munich Agreement was received with general relief throughout Europe [see for example Sartre's novel `The Reprieve'], although a prescient minority saw it as a betrayal of Czechoslovak democracy which had bought time at the cost of destroying the defensive position of one of the best little armies on the continent by ceding the mountainous and ethnicly German Sudetenland to the Reich [See AJP Taylor `The Origins of the Second World War']. The further to the left a person was, the more likely they were to be a critic of the Munich Agreement, and so it is likely that Fantin was against it. Everyone had an opinion about an event which concerned the destiny of the world.

Photo from Gernsheim `Historic Events 1839 - 1939'