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Fascist Germany The 1930s were turbulent times in Germany's history.

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Fascist Germany The 1930s were turbulent times in Germany's history Fascist Germany The 1930s were turbulent times in Germany's history. World War I had left the country in shambles and, as if that weren't enough, the people of Germany had been humiliated and stripped of their pride and dignity by the Allies. Germany's dream of becoming one of the strongest nations in the world no longer seemed to be a possibility and this caused resentment among the German people. It was clear that Germany needed some type of motivation to get itself back on its feet and this came in the form of a charismatic man, Adolf Hitler. Hitler, a man who knew what he wanted and would do anything to get it, single-handedly transformed a weary Germany into a deadly fascist state. In order to understand why exactly Hitler was able to make Germany a fascist state, we must study the effects that the end of World War I had on the country. Germany was left devastated and vulnerable at the end of the war. The Treaty of Versailles had left the country without a military and with a large debt that it just couldn't pay. Aside from that, it was forced to withdraw from its western territory where most of its coal and steel were located. This was a major implication for Germany because without these resources, it had no industrial growth (steel and coal are the forces behind industry), which meant that there was no money going into its economy. ...read more.

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Events were now changing; Germans could now focus their attention on an enemy they could actually attack (they didn't trust the government but aside from not participating, there wasn't much else they felt they could do). Once Hitler had captivated the attention of the German people by giving them a common enemy, it was time for him to put his plan into action. With propaganda and promises of a brighter future, Hitler was appointed Reich Chancellor in 1933. It must be noted that Hitler won not so much because of his propaganda, he was just beginning that phase of his plan, but because the Germans were not interested in voting for any other political party that represented the government they mistrusted. That's why they opted to vote for the National Socialist German Workers Party, which would later be known as the Nazi party (Frei 2). As soon as he was appointed, Hitler focused his attention on reinforcing the beliefs that Germans already had. A common misconception is that Hitler's propaganda "implies nothing less that the art a persuasion, which serves only to change attitudes and ideas" (Welch 5). This is not so. He didn't persuade the Germans that nationalism was a solution or that democracy was a sham. The Germans, as a result of the lack of efficacy and trust, had already formed these ideas. Hitler was only smart enough to see that there was a way to use these ideas to his advantage. ...read more.

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Many reason that Germans were a cold-blooded people who were fascist and cruel by nature. This is not so. Most Germans were seeing fascism through rose colored glasses (indeed this is the way Hitler wanted it) and justified the actions they were taking with nationalistic explanations. To the typical pro-Nazi German it was illogical to believe that what he/she was doing was wrong; after all, it was for the good of Germany so it had to be good, right? It was, indeed, a pleasant dream but when Germany was faced with yet another loss after World War II, it had to face the harsh reality that it had been its own enemy. It is clear that fascism in Germany was a lesson in the complexity of the modernization theory. Germany was a reminder that you can have a good modern institution but without trust there's no efficacy and without these factors the formula just does not work. Germany was left vulnerable and had to deal with its problems the best way it could. All that was needed was a charismatic man and good propaganda for Germany to become a fascist state. Germany as a fascist state taught us that the success of democracy in one country does not guarantee its success in another country. Not only were the Germans forced to look upon their past as consequences of their actions but so were the Allies. The events that led to Germany's becoming a fascist state were hard lessons for the Allies and were remembered when Germany and Japan were defeated in World War II. ...read more.

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