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European history - Adolf Hitler.

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A strategy used by Adolf Hitler in order to gain power was his control over the media. The censorship of newspapers and radio played a significant role towards shifting the public's opinion. The media provided a channel for Hitler's propaganda, which influenced the public and managed to win their support in his rise to power. But Hitler's control over the media alone was not sufficient in the rise of Hitler as Nazi ideas, and promises contributed significantly towards winning the public. The censorship of freedom of speech and political opposition was another factor, which influenced Hitler's success. Therefore, it can be stated that it is true to a certain extent that Hitler's success was due to his control over the media, but other factors also contributed towards his success. ...read more.

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Nazi publishing houses printed Two thirds of Germany's newspapers, and the ministry of propaganda controlled the news agencies, which relayed the information to the publishers. Therefore the public was "fed" with information, which supported the Nazis. The total control of the media enabled Hitler to mask any piece of evidence, which would leave a negative trait on the Nazis. Another factor, which contributed towards Hitler's success, was his power of persuasion. His dramatic speeches were transmitted throughout the country via radio. Radios were distributed freely to rural parts of the country so that people would pay attention to Hitler as he made his speeches. And there is evidence to suggest that radios were altered to listen to what Hitler said and only what he said. ...read more.

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Criticism of the Nazi government was forbidden and the fear of severe punishment restrained anyone who wished to rise against the government. The military made certain that there would be no opposition. And if there was an opposition, they were immediately and thrown to a concentration or work camp. Opposition against communism was a Nazi policy, which won the support of the rich industrialist who feared communism. Therefore it can be seen that factors other than Hitler's control over the media contributed towards his success. In conclusion, it can be said that Hitler's control over the media contributed towards his success as it was the media, which channelled his greatest asset- propaganda. But it cannot be stated that it was solely Hitler's control over the media, was the reason for his success as there were other factors such as appealing Nazi policies, and the censorship of freedom of speech and political opposition which also contributed towards Hitler's success. ...read more.

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