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'Hitler was a weak dictator' discuss In order to answer this question we must examine certain factors such as Hitler's weaknesses, his strengths and his opposition (or lack of.) Hitler was always seen as a very strong dictator but he did have several weaknesses as a leader. For instance it was widely known that Hitler was lazy and spent much of the day sleeping and eating. Historical sources inform us that he wasn't very interested in policy discussions. Frequently far away from Berlin, spent a lot of time in his villa, the Berghof. Hitler also encouraged others to make decisions on his behalf by letting them 'interpret' his original details. On some occasions it was fair to go as far as saying that Hitler was unwilling to make decisions. Mommsen said; 'Hitler was unwilling to take decisions, frequently uncertain, exclusively concerned with upholding his prestige and personal authority, influenced in the strongest fashion by his current followers, in some respects a weak dictator.' Hitler's style of control is known as 'polycratic' meaning that there were many different bodies. If a problem emerged, then Hitler would often just set up a new body. ...read more.

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Finally all the confusion due to his leadership was not planned. It was not a deliberate policy. However, Hitler did have many strengths and qualities of a strong dictator. For example his methods of consolidating his power were very effective and minimised future opposition. He inflicted horror and fear over potentially rebellious characters, and killed his opponents such as Ernst Rohm. Hitler was also a good orator and therefore could easily persuade ordinary German people to agree with his views. Also he seemed to have all the answers to Germany's problems. He solved the economic problem and almost created full employment. He seemed to have something to offer every single German. Also looking at sources around the time, admittedly they may be fixed or altered such as the many plebiscites, where the Nazis always seemed to achieve an overwhelming majority landslide victory. This can be used as evidence of Hitler's popularity and therefore possibly his power as a dictator. Also simply the fact that Hitler dominated Germany from 1933 to 1945 shows that he was a strong dictator. Also, the new way in which laws were passed, Hitler would state his wishes or maybe even simply his officials' interpretations would serve as laws. ...read more.

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Finally Nazism can be seen as 'Hitlerism' because it was totally dependent on Hitler, his decisions, his power and his views. All the other factors that seem to make us believe that Hitler was a strong dictator are stated as follows: Hitler is the key activator of all the successes within the Nazi party. Most of the Nazi policies are reflective of Hitler's overall vision. And crucially there is no effective opposition to his will. My final conclusion on whether Hitler was a strong dictator or a weak dictator is as follows. Even though Hitler was often uninvolved in decision-making and that this could be seen as a factor for him being a weak dictator. But at the same time it can exemplify his immense power. To maintain the figure of him being an absolute dictator he could not be seen dealing with small irrelevant arguments between lower-ranking party members. For most of the time his subordinates competed with one another to 'work towards the Fuhrer.' Whenever Hitler did intervene he was completely unchallenged. Thus with this factor and the others stated previously I believe that Hitler was a strong dictator who at times was seen as weak because of his ineffectiveness and unwillingness to deal with all party issues. ...read more.

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