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Short And Long Term Causes Of Hitler's Rise To Power During Hitler's rise to power there were both short and long term causes, all of which resulted in him being given power instead of having to take it. Short term causes are events that helped Hitler's rise to power and happened quickly, without alot of planning. One of the short term causes of Hitler's rise to power was the economic depression of the time. When the stock market collapsed on Wall Street on Tuesday the 29th of October, 1929, It had disastrous affects on financial markets worldwide. This was especially bad for Germany since they were banned from trade overseas with some countries due to the Treaty of Versailles. In addition this, America had called in their debts with Germany. This resulted in hyperinflation, German citizens were carrying money around in wheelbarrows and suitcases. On one account an old woman left a bag of notes outside a shop. ...read more.


In addition to this the citizens of Germany hated the Weimar government and Hitler's dreams of Germany being governed by one man, himself, was very appealing during Germany's depression. As well as the short term causes there are also long term causes which contributed to Hitler's rise to power that happened gradually, over a long period of time. One long term cause was the Treaty of Versailles. This was a peace treaty signed on the 28th of June, 1919 by two Germans who had to agree to whatever terms were decided. This was Germany's punishment for starting the first world war. However, many Germans believed that their country wasn't responsible. Even people from other countries outside the League of Nations thought that the treaty was harsh and unfair. Long after the Treaty had been signed the citizens of Germany still hated the Weimar government for giving up the war so easily, and agreeing to sign the Treaty. ...read more.


Hitler spent 5 years inside prison. What happened at Munich, and his arrest made him even more popular with the German Public because they believed he was willing to take a stand, and fight for Germany even at his own risk. In addition to this, during his trials Hitler was able to make long criticising speeches aimed at the government and voice his dreams for Germany's future. This made him famous. This also made Hitler realised he could obtain power without using an armed uprising. During his years in prison Hitler worked on a book he later named 'Mein Kampf' which means 'My Struggle'. Mein Kampf was about Hitler's main beliefs, and it was published throughout Germany. The majority of the public agreed with his views. In conclusion there are both short and long term events that led up to Hitler gaining power over Germany. Eventually he managed to earn his power instead of stealing it, by gaining the overall support of Germany's people. However, without both the short and long term events it may not have been as easy, or possible for Hitler to have done so. ...read more.

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