Analyse The Methods Used And The Conditions Which

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Analyse the methods used and the conditions which helped in the rise to power of Adolf Hitler When studying the history of the Führer of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler, one encounters a series of shocking events which indicate the indisputable capability of a very powerful leader. However, a question which often arises a great deal of controversy when breaching this topic is the how and why of Hitler’s rise to power by January 1933. Many historians attribute this success to his tremendous abilities as a speech maker and his persuasive propaganda skills. Meanwhile, others claim that this achievement was based on the shameful German defeat in World War 1 which gave way to a democracy that was doomed from the start. However, while both these reasons were of great importance in the arrival of Hitler as chancellor in 1933, there were also many other events which contributed to this rapid achievement of power. Out of the many conditions which helped in the rise to power of Adolf Hitler, the failure of the Weimar was definitely of massive importance. Germany had emerged from the war a destroyed country with a starving population, the people were angry and the morale of everyone was low, this led to the outbreak of a series of strikes and uprisings; such as the Kapp Putsch and the Spartacist Uprising. Furthermore, the social democrats were forced to accept the other consequences of defeat which were presented to them in the ‘Shameful diktat of Versailles’. Having signed this treaty the Social Democrats gained the immediate dislike of German nationalists who quickly spread the myth of Germany being “stabbed in the back” by social democrats and Jews, hence creating great unpopularity for this new attempt at democracy. Therefore, emerging from a disastrous war, the newly formed Weimar Republic was forced to place its foundations on pillars of chaos. The general discontent
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