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Explain which factors played the most important role in bringing the Nazi Party to power in Germany

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Explain which factors played the most important role in bringing the Nazi Party to power in Germany. Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party are a major part of recent history. In the beginning of 1918, a party called the 'Freier Ausschuss f�r einen deutschen Arbeiterfrieden' (Free Committee for a German Workers' Peace) was created in Bremen. Two members of this party, a toolmaker, Anton Drexler, and a journalist, Karl Harrer decided to branch away from this party and in 1919 they changed their party's name to the 'Deutsche Arbeiterpartei' (German Workers' Party, abbreviated DAP - which would eventually become the Nazi party). Adolf Hitler became the, soon to be Nazi Party, chairman on July 29, 1921, and at once began a program where the Nazi Party became a radical and revolutionary organization. The Nazi party soon went on to lead Germany and made a memorable attempt to take over the world. There are always factors which help bring political parties to power and in the Nazi party's case I believe the first major factor which helped bring the Nazi's to power came in the form of Germany's loss of the First World War. ...read more.

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They did not feel that they needed the drastic measures that the Nazi's offered to change their country for the better as they were living reasonable lives. The memories of The Munich Putsch were not, however, lost and the public now knew that they had a choice if things turned to the worst in the future. The most important factor, I believe, to advance the Nazi's rise to power was the effects that the Wall Street Crash, in America, had on the German economy. The Great Depression started on Tuesday 29 October 1929 when the American Stock exchange, Wall Street, crashed. Germany was hit badly as America recalled the loans to Germany negotiated under the Dawes Plan (1924). Unemployment started to rise and in 1932 there were six million people unemployed. People were desperate for money and this meant they needed jobs. The public started to realise that Germany needed somebody strong and powerful to lead their country and memories of the Munich Putsch were not forgotten and as unemployment rose so did the Nazi's support. A German worker describes why he joined the Nazis in the 1930s: 'I was unemployed for many years. ...read more.

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Militaristic music, uniforms and banners also conveyed strength and discipline. This factor played a huge part in building the Nazi party's support all through the period of time since the party first started to their appointment of leading German party. Another factor similar to this was Joseph Geobbels use of effective propaganda, in the way that the Nazi party was portrayed, as the best alternative to the Government - Strong, Powerful and Caring! His propaganda along with Hitler's oratorical abilities gained the Nazi party many followers. Each and every factor that I have talked about played a large part in the Nazi's rise to power. I believe that each factor lead to the next and without one event occurring then the next event on the timeline would not have occurred. This could have meant that the Nazi's would not have come to power. The Great Depression, I believe was the most important factor because it could not have been stopped by the German's and was always going to happen.. If it had never happened, however, I do not think the government of Germany would have changed for a long period of time. Considering the previous factors, if any one of them had not have happened there is still a chance that the next factor could still have caused the Nazi's to come to power. ...read more.

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