How Far Do You Agree That the Rise of the Nazi Party (Nsdap) in the Years 1924 – 33 Was the Main Reason for the Failure of the Weimar Republic? Essay

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How far do you agree that the rise of the Nazi Party (NSDAP) in the years 1924 – 33 was the main reason for the failure of the Weimar Republic? The failure of the Weimar Republic was symbolised by the enabling act of 1933. To say that the main reason for the Weimar Republic’s failure in the period of 1924 – 1933 was solely that of the rise of the Nazi Party (NSDAP) would be wrong. The impact of Gustav Stresemann was important because his reliance on foreign investment during the Nazi party’s ‘quiet years’ bought about a crushing halt to the prosperous late twenties, with the Wall Street Crash in 1929 sparking a worldwide depression. Also, the weakness and exploitation of the Weimar Constitution played a similarly important role as proportional representation and article 48 both created a path for the Nazi Party to gain influence in the Reichstag. Overall, however, the rise of the Nazi Party must be considered as the main reason for the failure of the Weimar Republic, as the Nazi’s electoral success eventually led to the political intrigues which oversaw Hitler’s appointment as chancellor in 1933 which ultimately led to their success in the March 1933 election and the passing of the enabling act in 1933, which ultimately confirmed that the Weimar Republic had failed. During the period of 1924 – 27 the Nazi party was banned as result of the Beer Hall Putsch. The dramatic increase in votes from 0.8 million in 1928, to 17.3 million in 1933, highlights just how rapid the rise of the Nazi Party was after their emergence from the ‘quiet years’ in 1927. It can be argued that this was down to the popularity of Adolf Hitler and thus led to the failure of the Weimar Republic, as his popularity paved the way for his invitation into the chancellorship, from which he was able to manipulate his way to the presidency. Proof of Hitler’s popularity can be interpreted by the
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