Hitler Was a Weak Dictator

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In 1933 Hitler legally came to power after a series of miscalculations by the government, they believed they would be able to control Hitler but they were truth. In fact it has been argued by historians such as Kershaw that this was actually the key to Hitler’s success. Structuralists believe that Hitler was in fact a very weak dictator. They have argued that the Nazi regime evolved from the ‘pressure of circumstance’ and not from the role of Hitler himself. Hitler was considered to be incapable of making a decision and as a result his government lacked any form control of important decisions and his general poor leadership skills it is clear to see why Hitler can be seen to be a weak dictator. Hitler was purely the figurehead of the Nazi party being kept afloat by his loyal following of ‘henchmen’. Although from an outside perspective it would seem as though Hitler was a strong dictator this is purely as a result of Nazi propaganda, without the work of Goebbels Hitler would not have gained such a high status. On the other hand internationalists believe that although there were divisions within the Nazi party this was all part of Hitler’s ‘divide and rule’ strategy. They believe that this approach maintained Hitler’s personal power. Hitler took responsibility for all the important decisions in the Nazi party for example foreign policy, this made everyone believe that he was a strong leader and doing what was best for Germany. Also the fact that there were other powers in the Reich did not detract from Hitler’s personal power; he only hired those who were most loyal to Hitler for example Himmler. The only way to maintain or increase your power in the Nazi regime was through access to Hitler, in order to get this people had to do as he wished or their power would diminish. This interpretation supports the idea that Hitler had full control of the Reich, all the
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