They were beginning to doubt that Germany had any pride left. Historian R.Landau writes in his book (The Nazi Holocaust) that the ‘Nazi party was appealing’. This demonstrates that Hitler and the Nazis were a modern and plausible option for the public. Many of the middle class and other highly regarded sections of society were also drawn to the Nazi’s. Therefore, strengthening Landau’s view and the above argument that Hitler became leader of Germany as he was leader of the most popular parties.
An economic crisis was happening in agriculture and Industry. The Nazi’s under Hitler’s guidance began to claim support from an unlikely source in 1927. The farmers. The SPD has scrapped the policy of protection that had banned the cheap imports of foreign food. While this policy had stood the German farmers were gaining a profit and making a decent living for they were able to sell their produce as it was the best and most locally available to the people.
could control the other large parties such as the Catholic Centre Party - able to pass the policy of ‘Kulturkampf’ in 1871 • This meant Bis. had an opportunity to put his idea of ‘negative integration’ into practise where the proper Germans would be united against a common enemy – the Catholic Church • This repressive policy actually made his influence over the National Liberals even securer – most German liberals were protestant and viewed the papacy as an opponent to their ideology. • Support of National Liberals meant he could keep the more liberal elements of their party under control from 1871 to 76 • This control was hugely
One predominant reason many backed Hitler and the Nazi’s was on the basis that they believed they could restore Germany to its former strong and internationally-dominant state. The German public liked the Nazi’s because they offered solutions to help regenerate the economy to a more stable and sustainable state (following the collapse of the economy during events such as the Wall Street Crash). Unemployment levels had plummeted from a whopping 6 million to a measly 500,000 and Hitler was offering the ‘Bread and Work’ scheme which offered those in need a chance at re-building their lives with the opportunity to make money again and obtain food. These opportunities benefitted many, therefore if they opposed the regime they would no longer get this help – and with so many in need, there were many who would not oppose their harsh ways simply because they needed the money, food, and better economy throughout Germany. Propaganda was also a large factor, which weakened the Nazi opposition.
The whites did not help themselves as far as gaining support from the peasants, white were brutal to peasants, as mentioned in Source C, they often whipped ‘entire male populations’, which made them unpopular. Finally, the Reds had control of the Heart of Russia, Moscow and Petrograd, as well as the railway system, which made it
Also, the increased level of production within Germany meant that the industry would grow, and the social welfare constitution proved that the public would have backing from the government with pensions and benefits. However, there were factors which disagreed with the statement as there was a grand coalition within this period that could not co-operate together. Also, Germany being dependent on foreign loans meant that their economic development was not increasing. As well as this, there were still differences within the public in Germany decreasing the social progress in the mid 1920’s. Although, to a certain extent the statement is true as Germany did show that they experienced a period of political calm, economic development and social progress in the mid 1920’s.
Bismarck who recognised the appeal to Germany's growing working classes, initiated a "carrot and stick" approach of simultaneous repression and an overt effort to acquire popular support. The “carrot” was used by Bismarck who pushed extensive social welfare legislation through the Reichstag. The state provided accident insurance, sickness benefits, old age pensions, disability payments, etc. This meant that he could enjoy greater support from the common people of Germany and help him stay in power. He also instated Constitutional reforms for instance strengthening the power of the Reichstag by letting them take control of the defence budgets.
The years 1924-1929 were seen as the golden period for Weimar Germany both politically and economically. There were many achievements at this time such as the introduction of a new currency and the signing of treaties which many people considered to be signs of economic and political stability. To a certain extent there was stability in Germany however there were factors such as reliance on foreign loans and the change in government which arguably showed that Germany was not in a stable position after all. Political stability is when a state of peace is experienced both in and out of the country due to the activities of the government and economical stability can be shown when a country has steady and constant growth without any inflation. To a large extent Germany was very economically stable as Stresemann introduced a new currency and gained loans from the USA under the Dawes plan.
Much of this investment came from already industrialized countries like Germany, Great Britain, and France whose business owners looked for new investment opportunities in the United States. These investors put money into the work of mechanics and engineers with the expertise to develop new, more efficient ways of mass-producing goods. Machines benefited the United States by allowing business owners to specialize in the production of goods and manufacture them in large quantities to distribute throughout the nation or export. As a result, the cost of mass-produced goods went down as their quantity went up causing industrial profits to rise. With the creation of transcontinental railroads and telephones, marketing nationally was available to distribute these goods.
Stresemann ended the hyperinflation crisis of 1923 by introducing a new currency, the Rentenmark, which was backed by US loans to replace the now worthless mark. This suggests that the period 1924-1929 were ‘golden’ to a certain extent as they managed to stabilise the German currency. In addition, the introduction of a new currency encouraged foreign investment in the German economy as other countries could be sure that the currency was stable and therefore a worthwhile investment and also increased industries and therefore solved the vast unemployment which had been a problem within Germany for many years previous to the Weimar constitution. The increase in industry is shown through the fact that by 1929 Germany was producing 33% more produce than in 1913, thus inferring that the ‘golden years’ were a turning point for Germany. Additionally, Stresemann negotiated the Dawes Plan in 1924 which softened the blow of reparations on Germany as well as securing loans from America which proved invaluable in turning around the German