• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

To what extent do you agree with the view that Hitler was a weak dictator?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

To what extent do you agree with the view that Hitler was a weak dictator? It can be said that during the time the Nazis were in control of Germany the country existed as a Hitler state, but some people argue that this idea comes from the illusion the Nazis created that Hitler would be the one powerful and strong leader to lead Germany back to its former glory. This myth placed Hitler in the role of the nations representative, magnified the idea that he was responsible for all the successes of the government and it reinforced the German tradition for needing a strong leader. ...read more.

Middle

The layout of the Nazi ruler-ship centred directly around Hitler. He was the centrepiece in-between the two parts of the party (the traditional elite's and the Nazis), but most of the decisions made in Nazi Germany were not made by Hitler. His officials who all wanted to please and make decisions in the name of the Fuhrer surrounded him. Hitler had created the initial ideology of the party but he was not the one to enforce it. He was often not in Berlin and was hardly ever seen in public. He created chaos within the party by playing officials off each other and often gave the same piece of work to two people. ...read more.

Conclusion

The question if he was weak or strong in his ruler-ship can be closely linked to the question if the Nazi regime was actually a Hitler state. On one hand he seemed to be very much in control, for example the way he used party members against each other so no one could become too powerful and the way he could absorb an audience into one of his liberating speeches. However, on the other he could have been seen as though he did not have enough knowledge about his own party. If it is true that Hitler was not the strong powerful leader the German people wanted then it is very likely that the Hitler state was nothing more than a fabrication created by others to keep the public happy and to make the Germany they wanted. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Modern European History, 1789-1945 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Modern European History, 1789-1945 essays

  1. Was Hitler a Weak Dictator?

    It is argued that there were significant limits to Hitler's power and that for a long period he had to exert power pragmatically. For example, over the Jewish issue, there was a distinct lack of radical legislation against Jews. This was largely because Hitler feared the response of the international community.

  2. "Mussolini was an all powerful dictator" - How accurate is this statement?

    and a single leader they all supported they would not have been strong enough to provide a viable alternative to Mussolini for Italy. However to ensure this could never happen and make himself even more powerful Mussolini passed the Acerbo Law in February 1923.

  1. To what extent can Hitler be considered to be "weak"?

    However, Hitler became Chancellor to President Hindenburg in 1933 which meant Hitler did take part in any governmental proceedings. Hindenburg saw Hitler as a great speaker and a potentially good leader for Germany. It was when Hitler received the Enabling Act in 1933 that allowed him to acquire power to be able to produce his dictatorship.

  2. Hitlers Germany

    Confronted by incriminating evidence, many dodged behind a series of rationalizations. The most popular was that they merely followed orders and that Hitler or Himmler was really the guilty one. It was, of course, convenient for the top Nazis, as it was to some degree for all Germans, to blame

  1. Was Hitler a weak dictator?

    In some way the army controlled Hitler, they may had offered him revolution towards his regime if he didn't do so and as well Hitler needed a strong and loyal army by is side. Hitler had created several police forces that had major power and influence in Germany, these were the SS, the Gestapo (secret police)

  2. How far is it accurate to describe Hitler as a 'weak dictator'?

    However, Hitler could on the other hand be seen as an opportunist reacting to external events as he was practically handed the opportunity he fell into after the collapse of the international order. He cannot of had total power as the plots against his own life were a signal that

  1. To what extent was Napoleon nothing more than a dictator?

    In this way, the liberal aspects of the voting system were hollow as the government was entirely picked by Napoleon, always favouring the wealthy, in order to fuel his own regime. Ultimately, it denied the people a representative government as the vote provided lacked any real significance.

  2. To what extent was Wilhelmine Germany an entrenched authoritarian state?

    The Kaiser had never been known as one for strict political adherence or knowledge, which was accentuated with his damaging policies against the working class (his rise in VAT to fund Weltpolitik). This in turn led to dissatisfaction amongst the working class and trade unionists who turned to politics and

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work