Asses the View That the Most Important Element in Maintaining Hitler’s Regime in Power Between 1933 and 1945 Was the Consent of the German People.

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Question 21A. The maintenance of power by the Nazis 1933-45. Asses the view that the most important element in maintaining Hitler’s regime in power between 1933 and 1945 was the consent of the German people. Word count: 516 Hitler’s and the Nazi’s regime may have only been a short and violent one spanning just over the decade mark, but in this short time many methods were implemented by ruthless officials such as Goebbels and Goering and initiatives by Hitler to ensure this power and reign was sustained. The most popular methods were propaganda and some forceful coercion and many historians see these as the most significant factor with Hans Rothfels stating “hundreds of thousands were defenceless and without legal remedy” suggesting that many Germans had succumbed to the regime purely down to fear and not due to them believing in the viscous Nazi policies, other historians justify this view such as Hinton and Hite they argue that “the night of long knives showed how brute force was used to maintain power by eliminating the potential threat of the SA leaders" this is pointing to that if a threat was seen it was eliminated before it could grow and challenge the regime which is showing how effective coercion and force can be in maintaining power. But on the flip side of the argument historians such as Ralph Fleny state that consent was the major element in the maintenance of power as they were giving the regime “vote after vote of overwhelming confidence” and also down to tradition through the previous authoritarian state so they were seen as “meek before authority”, the latter statement here is inferring that the German public seen the authoritarian way of life as more beneficial due to the failings of the war, being blamed on the Weimar republic and this shown democracy in a bad light and less favourable, because when under control by the emperor Germany was very
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