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'Hitler's rise to power was due less to his abilities, more to the weaknesses of others'

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Coursework title: 'Hitler's rise to power was due less to his abilities, more to the weaknesses of others' There is no simple answer to the question of the rise of Adolf Hitler. Because one cannot assume that his rise to power was only due to his ability or just share luck as the event at the time made the people weak and accepted who ever volunteered to rule them. Personally, I would say neither of the two facts is wrong. They both come hand in hand because where it not for his ability and weakness of the German people at the time, Hitler would have never risen to power. The rise of Adolf Hitler is a startling one as no one ever thought that he was going to dominate or acquire such power as he did during his reign. He was very much under-estimated even as a child, he was said to be a disappointment to his father because he wasn't intelligent enough for higher learning. He was rejected by the Vienna academy because he was declared unfit and unable to bear arms. He was also rejected by the Vienna school of architecture. It would not be far from the truth to say that Hitler was not just ambitious but was also driven by rant and rave due to the circumstances that surrounded him which made him successful in his endeavours to lead Germany the way he did. ...read more.

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limitation of Germany's army to 100,000 men with no conscription, no tanks, no heavy artillery, no poison-gas supplies, no aircraft and no airships; (14) the limitation of the German Navy to vessels under 100,000 tons, with no submarines; The most painful term was the acceptance of war quilt by the Germans but nevertheless, all these terms depressed the German people, and they blamed the Weimer government for being passive and signing to the terms of the treaty. The Weimer Government was itself weak. After the war in 1919-23, extremists on both the left (Spartacist revolt) and the right (Kapp putsch) tried to overthrow the government. And in 1923, the French invaded to try to force Germany to pay reparations. This led to hyperinflation and a number of rebellions particularly Hitler's Munich Putsch. There was insurgence all over Germany and the German people became weak and needed an assertive leader of any sort. Hitler on knowing this took advantage of their weaknesses. He first started by publicly announcing that Germany was not responsible for the war and has been wrongfully accused. This made the people interested in what he had to say because that was exactly what they wanted to hear. Hitler even spoke ill about the constitution openly and made an attempt on November the 8th 1923 to take over the government during the beer hall putsch. ...read more.

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This kept him going when other people might have given up. His self-belief persuaded people to believe in him. When he was released from prison, he realized that the only way to seize power was through diplomatic ways. So he sought financial support from wealthy businessmen which he got and used this finance to run his propaganda and election campaigns. He promised everybody something if they voted for him. After the failure of the Nazi party to gain majority seats in the Reich, Hitler attempted suicide and was rescued by Hindenburg Hindenburg was one person who very much under estimated Hitler. He offered Hitler the post of vice chancellor but Hitler refused and demanded to be made Chancellor. So Von Papen and Hindenburg took a risk. On 30 January 1933 Hindenburg made Hitler Chancellor. He thought he could control Hitler - how wrong he was. In the end, Hitler did not TAKE power at all - he was given it. By 1933, there was no one bold enough to oppose Hitler, not even the constitution Hitler's personal quality along with the weakness German people and events that took place during Hitler's time made him rise to power. The most certain event which made assured Hitler's rise to power was the Wall Street crash which was not just caused by Germany but by other countries as well. . ...read more.

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