The Great Depression as the Main Reason for Hitler's Rise to Power

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The Great Depression as the Main Reason for Hitler's Rise to Power On 20th April 1889, at 18.30, Adolf Hitler was born in a small Austrian village. There is not one sole reason as to why this young farm boy grew up to become one of the world’s most well known leaders, but the main factors in Hitler’s rise to power were his natural leadership skills, clever use of words, charisma, passion for German nationalism, abhorrence of Jews, communists, foreigners and his ability to use the Treaty of Versailles, Wall Street Crash, Munich Putsch, Weimar Constitution and Enabling Act to his advantage. Hitler’s father, Alois, greatly influenced Hitler’s personality; having retired from the Austrian civil service when Hitler was six, he was used to giving strict orders and seeing them obeyed. He was a strict authoritarian figure that watched over his children and expected them to be disciplined. This enforcement of discipline, need for order and traditionalism emotionally scarred young Adolf. He wanted to pursue his artistic talents but was forced, by his father, to attend a technical college in preparation for a career in the civil service, this left him feeling resentful and rebellious which was expanded on in Hitler’s semi autobiographical work, ‘Mein Kampf’; "I thought that once my father saw what little progress I was making at the (technical school) he would let me devote myself to the happiness I dreamed of”. Being the oldest in his year he developed leadership qualities from a very young age, and considered himself the ‘ring leader’ of his fellow peers. As a young boy Hitler enjoyed playing war games, of ‘cowboys and Indians’, as the tales... ... middle of paper ... ...o establish himself as a dictatorial leader of Germany by 1934. Hitler used the opportunities presented by each of the afore mentioned to his advantage. However, the most significant factors for Hitler’s rise to power would be the Wall Street Crash, which resulted in global depression and growing unrest amongst the German people; the ‘failed’ Munich Putsch that propelled Hitler to the forefront of politics and made a martyr of him, for serving nine months in prison where he did not waste his time as he wrote his vision in the infamous ‘Mein Kampf’. He had an understanding of the general German public (had “his finger on the pulse of Germany” –Walden-) and was able to utilise effective propaganda to inflame the nation. The ineptitude of the Weimar Constitution was the ‘icing on the cake’ that gave Hitler ultimate power.

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