The Weakness of the Weimar Republic and Hitler's Rise to Power

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The Weakness of the Weimar Republic and Hitler's Rise to Power The question directly relates to the idea that the political power of a country can be taken over by ambitious people in different ways. From our knowledge we know there is three ways this can be done…by take over by force, also known as a 'coup d'etat', in a more democratic and just way or by a political deal. In the 1920's and the 1930's Hitler led a right wing political party and was seen by many as a dictator. He wanted to overthrow and control the German government and he tried all three of these ways in an attempt to do so, some methods were more successful than others. In 1923 he tried the first method of a coup d' etat (takeover by force) in Munich which turned out to be far from successful and in-fact led to Hitler's imprisonment. He then resorted to using means of democracy and was voted into power in the German parliament, also known as the Reichstag. His party was the largest party by 1923 but not the majority, however they were voted into power through a free election. In 1933 was a key date for Hitler, when he was invited to become chancellor by von pappen and von scleicher. He used this to his advantage and made use of his last resort-a political deal. However a number of reasons were to explain why Hitler and his party were found so popular and we have to decide whether it was the weakness of the Weimar republic that was the crucial issue. The Weimar government was never popular with the German people as it was set up by the allies after the first world war not very many people felt any reason to support or maintain it and little committed themselves to it. It had been targeted by both left wing and right wing groups in its early days in an attempt to overthrow it and there was extreme violence and rioting on the streets of Berlin.
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