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Assess the extent to which the Nazi Party changed German society from 1933-1939 The Nazi Party changed German society through its policies in a multidimensional sense. That is there are many contributing factors which have resulted in the change within the period of 1933 till 1939. These include political policy changes, social policy changes, economic policy changes and changes to the German military; to understand the extent to which the Nazi party changed German society within this period, one must understand the policies and to what extent these policies changed German societies contrasting from the Weimar Republic Era, where due to various pressures, both internal and external, the Republic began a phase of decline between 1929 and 1933. The major factors contributing to this decline were the Great Depression, the actions of President Hindenburg, major constitutional flaws and a lack of democratic tradition within Germany. However, the importance of the rising popularity of the Nazi Party and their subsequent success in the Reichstag elections after 1930 cannot be overstated. These factors however must not be overestimated, as, Weimar's decline had begun immediately after its 1919 origins due to structural weaknesses. As said by P J Kerr: "The German people liked order, and to them Weimar offered disorder". ...read more.

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As a result, the people felt hope, supported Hitler and the Nazi Party and saw Hitler as a person who's restoring justice to Germany. The assembly of Numberg Laws (racial policy) in 1934 legitimized the Nazi racial theory within the German legal system. This was the beginning of Hitler's assault of Jews and other ethic minorities deemed inferior. As expressed by K.J Mason the Jews and other minorities became an official outlet of blame and frustration for previous German problems, many Jews such as Einstein chose to migrate. And as result, there was social dislocation from migration, whilst other Jews became prohibited to work in certain professions, causing social divisions and loss of a great number of skilled workers. Economic policy changes include such as the Labor policy, political stability, and the rearmament policy. Such Labor policy changes included the 'conscription' of labor units from the masses of unemployed Germans, this was in response to the prior instability of the Weimar Republic, The conscription greatly and immediately lowered the unemployment rate, and those workers were paid a wage for doing work for the state. They were used to construct public works, facilities and as a result the standard of living was increased with workers having an income and allowing more money to circulate through Germany's monetary flow, and had a greater choice of public resources to the German people's disposal. ...read more.

Conclusion

By 1939 the military had grown in size of over twenty times of its 1933 strength, with a new air force rated as the strongest in the world, a formidable navy and an army which ranked equally proud and feared predecessors. These steps to militarize German society impacted on social demography with shortage of manpower being inevitable, whilst other social problems that come with the requirements of war are of which not experiences since 1918, hence a drastic departure from the pacifist liberal nature of the Weimar era. In conclusion, The Nazi Party changed German society dramatically during 1933 till 1939; it did this through its enacting and changing of political, economic, social and military policies. Overall these policies promoted nationalistic ideas focusing on making Germany become German again, something which the people of the time believed was stripped from them during the period of the Weimar Republic. Its main goals was eliminating the consequences of the treaty of Versailles and becoming a self-reliant producing state again while building up a strong military base. In a general sense, it eliminated the effects that a democratic government conveyed to Germany and tried to recovery its nationalistic qualities experienced before the Weimar Republic, and to develop these qualities at an even stronger proportion than ever experienced before. ...read more.

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