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The government of the Nazi state was chaotic and lacked coherence in the years 1933 to 1939

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'The government of the Nazi state was chaotic and lacked coherence in the years 1933 to 1939' How far do you agree with this opinion? Explain your answer, using the evidence of Sources V, W and X and your own knowledge of the issues related to this controversy. Sources W and X agree with this suggestion as the Nazi state was extremely chaotic there was 'no fundamental disagreement over the fact that the government of Nazi Germany was chaotic', Source V differs from this thought as it suggests that the characteristics of Nazism does not define chaotic nature, however what it does consent to is the idea portrayed in all three sources that the Nazi state lacked coherence and consistency, and this therefore could explain why people saw and believed the Nazi state to be chaotic. Source V suggests that the government was characterised with 'incoherence' suggesting that it lacked consistency, this is further reflected in Source X whereby it states that there was a 'lack of coordination' in the third Reich. ...read more.

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any modern governmental system' suggesting that all government are chaotic, however they were not to the extremes they were in Nazi Germany. Source X then implies that there was a 'lack of coordination in the internal administration' The third Reich was 'conflicting' and 'contradictory' and these existed to such 'an extreme degree' that when evaluating the 'spheres of authority' the Nazi state can be labelled as 'chaotic'. Mommsen and Broszat further stress that the power structures in the Nazi State evolved and changed partly because of poorly defined roles of both agencies and individuals within the Nazi State; for example in the economic sphere. Yet, this contradicts Source V, whereby it states that it does not explain the chaotic nature of the Nazi state 'characteristic of Nazism also typifies many other government, then this alone can hardly explain a regime rare of destructiveness'. Structuralist historians have certainly succeeded in highlighting a lack of planning and organisation on Hitler's part they proposed that Hitler had very little to do with the day to day running of the Nazi State. ...read more.

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Instead subordinates sought a verbal agreement or a nod of the Fuhrer's head. Sometimes contradictory orders led to confusion, and it therefore can be said that the Nazi state was chaotic, however did not lack coherence, everyone had their own view of working towards the F�hrer and within that everyone interpreted it in different ways. Arguably, the Nazi regime was chaotic as Hitler was unwilling to regulate or create an ordered system of government as there was a lack of clear planning and direction, which is clearly portrayed in sources W and X. Yet, it can be suggested that Hitler's chaotic structure was purposeful and it was an intentional divide and rule policy. However although it was chaotic, it did not lack coherence, as portrayed In source W, everyone had their own view of working towards the F�hrer and within that everyone interpreted it in different ways. It also is possibly wrong to suggest that this meant that little was achieved as by 1935 Hitler had made many strides for Germany in its foreign policy, this therefore provide various evidence revealing executive power of the Fuhrer and the achievements of the system, thus suggesting that there must have been some levels of coordination and coherence. ...read more.

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