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"The traditional stress on the petty-bourgeois base of Nazi support need not to be discarded, but instead incorporated into a broader picture." How far do these extracts substantiate this opinion?

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"The traditional stress on the petty-bourgeois base of Nazi support need not to be discarded, but instead incorporated into a broader picture." How far do these extracts substantiate this opinion? From their formation in 1919, the NSDAP were seen as an old middle class party; included artisans, low ranking civil servant, and farmers. However, from my own knowledge, I know that the Nazi party were not monolithically middle class, and many other areas of support contributed to their success also. The Mittlestand did provide a large portion of both the members and the voters. It was most definitely the main bank of support for the Nazi party. ...read more.

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This further enhances the importance of the Mittlestand. Professionals such as teachers and police officers also began to join. However, I also know that the Nazi party was not solely middle-class. This is made apparent by the importance of both the lower and upper classes. Fischer states that 40% of the voters and 60% of SA membership came from workers; SA is over represented. Falter says that the workers voted NSDAP rather than KPD or SPD. This clearly shows that the working classes were crucial to Nazi support even if they were under-represented as they not only add numbers to their own support, but weaken their opposition also. ...read more.

Conclusion

The depression after the "Wall Street Crash" of 1929, may show us how support from the lower classes became more apparent as the NSDAP promised jobs for the unemployed. The support from the workers took a much more important role at this time, and took the stress away from the support of the petty bourgeois. Although the NSDAP were seen as a Petty Bourgeois party in the whole, it is clear that the Nazis possessed support from a much wider range. This was such to an extent that the NSDAP were the only party at this time that would be able to claim that they were a peoples' party. This meant that their support cut across the whole political spectrum and did not just concentrate on one particular group. Martyn Johnston 12AEP ...read more.

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