Reason For The Nazi Rise To Power

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When the Nazi’s solidified their position in 1933, it would mark the beginning of a period of destruction. The loss of life, oppression and sheer barbarity that followed would force society to question the very fabric of its endurance and morality. As a consequence of this it is imperative to inquire as to the possible reasons that explain the Nazi’s rise to power. In this regard there are several key themes which can be determined. It was Germany’s own circumstances prior to 1933 that paved the way to eventual success for Hitler and the Nazis. The state of the Weimar Republic after WWI, ideas of nationalism and a desire for both stability and dignity, all played a role in establishing the official Nazi ideology and eventual strategies for seizing control. Had Germany managed to recover economically in the 1920’s and thus begin rebuilding both a nation and a sense of national pride, it is possible that the sphere of influence of any Nazi party would have been minimal . Essentially this rise to power was not inevitable but rather a consequence of a variety of factors. Hitler’s personal political skills were another; they included propaganda, organisation, public speaking and the ability to recognise when to change tactics. Despite all of the divisions between the German people, what culminated in the success of establishing the Third Reich was the power of Hitler’s ‘world view’. The need for competent leadership and a return of national dignity, this was arguably the mantra of the Nazi party and what ultimately led to their rise in power. An explanation of the Nazi’s rise to power would be inadequate without some attention given to the origins of Hitler, the Nazi party and the world views which would eventually shape the foundatio... ... middle of paper ... ...acy of WWI aided Hitler and the Nazis was through the spread of the popular basis for ‘revenge politics’ . The psychology of German politics and nationalism was one harboured by a desire for revenge on those who had imposed unnecessary hardships on the people after the war. These sentiments were marked by “willingness tolerate and support politicians who advocated the injustice of a supposedly unfair and dictated peace settlement. ” These harsh and militant politics was a reflection of a society in which millions were baring war scars that were both physical and psychological. The Nazi party was able to harness this resentment and bitterness and mould themselves into the poster child for not only economic stability and military strength but also revenge. In doing so this initially made the “crude politics ” of the Nazi party more acceptable to the German masses.
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