Hitler -the Rise to Power of Leaders in Single Party Essay

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Research – The Rise to Power of Leaders in Single Party States ‘People shape events rather than events shape people.’ To what extent is this statement accurate when applied to the rise to power of one of the following leaders. Hitler (1919-33), Stalin (1900 – 1928), Mao (1920s – 1945) ‘People shape events rather than events shape people.’ To what extent is this statement accurate when applied to the rise to power of one of the following leaders. Hitler (1919-33), Stalin (1900 – 1928), Mao (1920s – 1945) A. Knowledge Role of Events and Conditions: Economic: Before Hitler’s rule Germany was in the middle of a economic crisis due to: * The Treaty of Versailles * Germany had to take full responsibility for the war that meant they had to compensate for the Allies losses, which left them with $6,6 billion worth of debt in 1921. * Germany had hyper-inflation 1923 * Germany suffered immensely from the Great Depression as they had loaned large sums of money from USA and after the Wall Street Crash USA wanted their loans back. Political: * The German Weimar Republic political system was weak. It had numerous parties and struggled for one party to obtain a majority. * The political system did not have the public support because of the countries suffering from result of: * War * Unemployment * Weak economy with high inflation * Fear of communism Social: * The public had no faith in the political leaders after the failure of WW1. * The Treaty of Versailles caused Germany to suffer large territorial losses (1million square miles, 6million subjects) * Territorial losses meant that Germany lost precious sources of raw materials and a major income source (economic) * As a result of the Great Depression, companies throughout Germany were declaring bankruptcy and millions of workers were
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