Germany's Rise From Bankruptcy to a Superpower Between 1929-1939 1929 was a hard time for Germany. Hyper inflation had taken control, the Reich mark was worth nothing, and they were literally bankrupt. The reason for their bankruptcy was due to the economic collapse of America. After world war one Germany had been made to pay large reparations to France for the damage they had caused. Germany had problems paying these large reparations and called in America for help.
The Rise and Subsequent Fall of the Third Reich Living in the crumbled remains of Germany, or the Weimar Republic, in the 1920’s was a dismal existence. Hyperinflation was rampant and the national debt skyrocketed as a result of the punishing features of the Treaty of Versailles. During the depression, however, a mysterious Austrian emerged from the depths of the German penal system and gave the desperate German people a glimpse of hope in very dark times. He called for a return to “Fatherland” principles where greater Germany was seen as the center of their universe with zealous pride. Under Hitler’s leadership, Nazi Germany rapidly grew and expanded, continually approaching the goal of world domination and the “Thousand-Year Reich” that Hitler promised the German people.
Constantly promising to abolish the treaty and attacking to Weimer government calling the government traitors and weak. Hitler also often promised to remilitarise Germany and gain back l... ... middle of paper ... .... Conclusion Even though I have put all the reasons in order it has to mentioned that it difficult to say that any of the reasons is the sole reason for Hitler's rise to power because are all of the factors with possibly the only exception being Hitler's Personality, experience and leadership skills. The rest are all inter-dependant of each other. They are all in web of causation, for example without the treaty of Versailles there would not of been rebellions and Hitler would have not changed his tactics and would not have try to get elected and probably wouldn't of got elected without the second German depression from 1929.
The Treaty of Versailles, which outlined the restitutions Germany was to pay, was a major upset for the German people. Even though Germany lost the war, the German people's sense of nationalism was still alive and sections of the Treaty, such as Article 231 (the War Guilt Clause), fueled German anger. German economy was destroyed due to heavy reparations payments. The onslaught of the American Stock Market Crash caused a German depression. German resentment over the Treaty of Versailles stayed with the people for years until Adolf Hitler played upon the people's anger.
Before this, the Weimar government in Germany had solved it's financial problems by borrowing huge ammounts of money from the USA, but after the Wall street Crash the USA not only stopped lending Germany money, it demanded that all the loans were payed back! Germany was plunged into a huge economic crisis. By 1931 millions of people were unemployed, and more Germans were beginningto support Adolf Hitler's extreme ideas of anti-semitism and anti-communism. As the German peole became increasingly desperate the more realistic Hitler's views appeared to them. The financial crisis was an aspect that helped Hitler's rise to power, which in turn was a cause of World War Two.
In “The war to end all wars”, Germany also did not take into calculation the ‘Domino Effect’ of the alliances between France, Russia and Britain. Because Germany had made such a bitter enemy of France, it decided to protect itself by making alliances with other countries in Europe. Germany formed an alliance with Austria-Hungary and Italy known as the Triple Alliance. To the keep the ‘Balance of Power’ in Europe, France allied itself with Great Britain and Russia; known as the Triple Entente. Both allies swore to help their allies if their countries were attacked.
However Mandela’s words are difficult to follow after a period of war. Following much death and despair it would be hard for anybody to befriend those they recently fought. This can be shown in World War I’s widely criticized Treaty of Versailles. After the war, Germany remained the only strong power in the central powers and therefore took on the brunt of the subjugations from the allies. The Treaty of Versailles was meant to keep peace by subjugating Germany, who was seen as a threat.
In 1932, Germany was in turmoil. Mass inflation had caused the prices of all commodities to rise, while the German people lived paycheck to paycheck. This type of socio-economic climate is notorious for breeding radical political ideologies. Ever since Germany lost the Great War (now called World War I) in 1918, the Germans had been required to pay reparations to the countries they had fought. While the US and UK prospered during the 1920s, Germany suffered.
Germany's economy after World War I had been based on outside advances, particularly credits from the United States, and on world exchange, which was likewise focused around an arrangement of advances. Hence when the misery hit, the German economy fallen. By 1932, 6 million Germans were unemployed. The German individuals and lost all trust in the Weimar republic, and began searching for a radical change, delivered gathering radical parties...the communists and the nazis. As an aftereffect of 1929, Hitler got to be exceptionally mainstream.
The Great Depression played a big role in helping the Nazi Party capture power. Many nations were suffering from the Great Depression in 1930, including Germany who had to pay for the war reparations. During this period of economic and politic crisis, the country had been easily influenced by the politics parties. They wanted someone who is capable and had what it takes to be their leader to lead them through the huge crisis that they were facing. Most Germans who are in desperate state as they wanted Germany to be like once, able to be proud of and not in such a state where they had to struggle to fulfill the almost impossible terms of the Treaty of Versailles.