Munich Pact


noun

the pact signed by Great Britain, France, Italy, and Germany on September 29, 1938, by which the Sudetenland was ceded to Germany: often cited as an instance of unwise and unprincipled appeasement of an aggressive nation.

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Also called Munich Agreement.
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British Dictionary definitions for Munich Pact

Munich Pact

Munich Agreement


noun

the pact signed by Germany, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy on Sept 29, 1938, to settle the crisis over Czechoslovakia, by which the Sudetenland was ceded to Germany
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Cultural definitions for Munich Pact

Munich Pact

An agreement between Britain and Germany in 1938, under which Germany was allowed to extend its territory into parts of Czechoslovakia in which German-speaking peoples lived. Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain negotiated on behalf of Britain, and Chancellor Adolf Hitler on behalf of Germany. Chamberlain returned to London proclaiming that the Munich Pact had secured “peace in our time.” The Germans invaded Poland less than a year later (see invasion of Poland), and World War II began.

notes for Munich Pact

In later years, the Munich Pact was denounced as pure appeasement of Hitler.
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