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Choose any one reason from the list and explain how it contributed to Hitler's rise to power - The Economic Depression

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History Coursework Question 1. Choose any one reason from the list and explain how it contributed to Hitler's rise to power. The economic depression 1923 & 1929, contributed to Hitler's rise to power in many ways. The first thing that led to the economic crisis was when the German economy collapsed, as a result of the depression and low employment. This was a result of the Treaty of Versailles that forced Germany to pay reparations to the allies. The German people protested that it was an intolerable strain on the economy, but the German government ignored it. The German government did their best to play for time and to negotiate concessions from the allies, but because the French were quite impatient and also had to pay war debts to the USA they wanted there money back, so French and Belgium troops invaded the Rhur, in the Rhineland to take German goods and raw materials. ...read more.

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The German nation was scared and apprehensive about the future of their country. The League of Nations then tried to help by making their whole society a safe place where wars were only things of the past. The League held a disarmament conference, but like most things the League did it was a failure, which people were not satisfied with. This was a good time for Hitler to make his move, because of the current state Germany was in. Hitler rose to power. The people needed someone to turn to for help, who was strong and could be heard and Hitler was there. During the economic crisis Hitler used his oratory skills to help him gain power. Hitler's personality and leadership was better than any other of Germans previous chancellors, he was able to mesmerize people. ...read more.

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They needed an explanation and Hitler gave them one: The Allies, The Treaty of Versailles, The Communists, 'The November Criminals' and the Jews. Now the Germans had people to blame, all they needed was a strong and powerful leader and Hitler fulfilled their need. Hitler's philosophy of extreme German Nationalism was translated into the creation of the Nazi Movement whereby Hitler galvanised people into following his views and beliefs that led to pure Right Wing philosophy. Foreigners, Jews, Gypsies were all excluded as being inferior and he gradually persuaded people to adopt extreme nationalistic beliefs, where by only pure German Aryan people counted, Hitler got his way with people at huge public meetings known as rallies, at these rallies his magnetic personality was able to hypnotise the crowd, who would then follow his views and terms. The adoration of the people elevated him to total leadership so what ever his policies were people followed. Elana Klinger ...read more.

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