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Hitler's consolidation of power was achieved mainly through lawful than unlawful means yet the unlawful means were either never reviled or were rationally accepted for the good of the country.

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Hitler's consolidation of power was achieved mainly through lawful than unlawful means yet the unlawful means were either never reviled or were rationally accepted for the good of the country. The main lawful mean was the Enabling act of March 1933 shown in source A. This was an extremely powerful act that broke down most political barriers to Hitler's dictatorship. It allowed Hitler to pass laws and legislation without the official consent of the president. It allowed him to change the Weimar constitution and therefore take away peoples civil liberties. It seriously reduced the effect of the opposition and began the spate of a series of acts, which further consolidated Hitler's power. After banning the KPD and SPD on the 14 of July 1933 he passed the law Against the Formation of New Parties. And to reduce threat from the church on the 20th of July he passed the Concordant Agreement Between State and Vatican. ...read more.


But when we compare it with sources B and C we can see that he not only got away with organised murder but that he was praised for it even by Hindenburg himself "I express to you my deeply felt gratitude and my sincere appreciation." In source C Hitler makes a speech, which underlines the reason the country thanked him for his unlawful act "I was responsible for the fate of the people, and thereby became supreme judge of the people." The night of the long knives consolidated Hitler's power in many ways it weekend the socially radical SA; it intimidated anyone who would be against Hitler's rule; it satisfied the right wing and the army by decreasing power of the SA and it gained great public support. Yet this was not the only unlawful consolidation of power previous to the 30th of June 1934 there had been two other main ones. ...read more.


This suppressed the communists and banned The KPD party. After this the Enabling Act was passed which made almost everything Hitler do up until the night of the long knives legal. By slowly getting rid of the opposition parties or making them dissolve into his own Hitler eventual gained a majority in the Reichstag. During this time he had taken care of the trade unions by creating the German labour front and the church with a concordant agreement. Industrialists were pleased due to the eradication of TU's. He then took care of local governments and finally his own SA. His last obstacle was president Hindenburg who died in August 1934 and left it clear for Hitler to rule as a dictator. In conclusion Hitler's consolidation of power was more a lawful then unlawful affair and was defiantly not seen by Germany as anything but. The thing is law is not one ...read more.

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