Propaganda was very important in the Nazi’s maintaining their power once they won the election in 1933. In the Nazis campaigns previous to them gaining power, they had exploited all the media they could in order to appeal to the public. Hitler’s speeches were played on the radio, his beliefs were written about in Nazi newspapers and magazines and posters containing horrific propaganda were placed everywhere. The public were bombarded with so much powerful propaganda that it could be argued that it would be almost impossible for them not to become attracted to the Nazi party in some way. This propaganda continued even once they had won the election.
The Reichstag Fire led to the Enabling Act because Hitler had managed to convince Hindenburg that it was a ‘communists uprising’. This manages Hitler to prove to Germany that communists were bad people and he would have get more votes, in the next elections. However, I also disagree with the statement ‘the Reichstag Fire more important than the Enabling Act in allowing Hitler to consolidate power’ because of other several reasons. Firstly, the Enabling Act made a Hitler a virtual dictator. Nobody could stop him, even Hindenburg.
This gave Hitler tremendous power within the organization as they knew they could not afford to lose him. The Party Gets a New Name In April, 1920, Hitler advocated that the party should change its name to the National Socialist German Workers Party (NSDAP). Hitler had always been hostile to socialist ideas, especially those that involved racial or sexual equality. However, socialism was a popular political philosophy in Germany after the First World War. This was reflected in the growth in the German Social Democrat Party (SDP), the largest political party in
I agree with Margret MacMillan that Hitler would want to gain more power no matter what happened. Hitler wanted more and more power, and to achieve the status that he desired for Germany he used many different tactics. Hitler convinced the Germans that they would return to international status through his speeches and Nazi propaganda. To achieve his own desire for more power Hitler created Lebensraum which
Towards the end of 1934, Adolf Hitler had managed to gain complete control over Germany. Through a very important law named the enabling act, Hitler was able to pass multiple laws declaring other parties illegal and moulding Germany into a one party state. In one single night he also managed to diminish any threats and with the death of President Hindenburg along side the oath made by the army, Hitler began to nazify Germany. From his appointment as chancellor in January 1933 and through each point leading towards 1934, it could be said that Hitler managed to claim total control over Germany, In March 1933 with the new Reichstag elections Hitler hoped his party would win a two thirds majority in the hope that he could get parliament to agree that he could rule without it. The Nazi party now forced to think tactically and with the burning of the Reichstag building through a communist Hitler was able to blame the extremist party for the beginning of a revolution and with President Hindenburg's approval he arrested the ‘enemies of the state’.
Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin were both powerful, ambitious leaders that worked their way into positions of power. Stalin took over after Lenin died to lead the USSR after the Russian Revolution. Hitler became leader of the Nazi Party and gained the people’s support with promises of a strong leader that resisted western powers. On their rise to power, both Stalin and Hitler became leaders of political parties, eliminated opposing parties, and promised a better future for the people and country, but Stalin used the people’s support as leverage in his power struggle with Trotsky while Hitler used his passion and the economic situation in Germany to become leader of the Nazi party and gain support over the socialists. Both Hitler and Stalin started their journey towards power by joining political parties.
However, at the election, Nazis didn't win majority of the votes, therefore a coalition government was formed with the National Party. Hitler was disappointed as he needed two thirds of the seats in order to change the constitution. Although it seems as if the election hadn't really helped Hitler, I think it gave him the incentive to move on to his next step of passing the Enabling Bill, making it a key reason as to why he was able to form this dictatorship. The Enabling Bill was the next big step for Hitler as it allowed him to make laws without
Bullock says that: “Himmler’s SS were now given their independence of the SA, and placed directly under Hitler’s orders with Himmler as SS Reichsfuehrer”# this source suggests that Himmler and the SS only became powerful through Hitler’s direction. W.L. Shirer supports this view, saying: “Soon this much-better-disciplined and loyal force would become much more powerful than the SA had ever been.”# Therefore suggesting the SS gained power after the Night of the Long Knives because, unlike the SA they were disciplined and loyal to Hitler. Their rise to power is important since the SS played a prominent role in the events in Germany until the end of Nazi rule. This rise to power is important since the SS played a big role in the events in Germany for the duration of Nazi rule.
Germany in 1914 was a growing Parliamentary democracy rather that an entrenched autocracy. How far do you agree with this view? Leading up to 1914 Germany, in the Second Reich, could be considered an autocracy because of the way Bismarck had left the Reichstag the Kaiser had a great deal of power that the German people had very little say on. However, I believe it would be very harsh to label the autocracy as entrenched as there was a constitutional crisis and this shed light on the fact that the Kaiser’s power was not absolute. Also, events such as the Hottentot election of 1907 and the Daily Telegraph affair were examples of when the Kaiser had to work and deal with the democratic sides of the constitution.
Out of all the wars that the world has gone through, none has been more devastating as World War II. Although the definite origin or cause of this World War II can be argued over, some of the most popular reason till today remains the Appeasement, anger over Treaty of Versailles, the failure of peace efforts after World War I, the rise of Fascism, the goals of Hitler. Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in January 1933. Almost immediately he began secretly building up Germany's army and weapons. In 1934 he increased the size of the army, began building warships and created a German air force.