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How did Adolf Hitler rise to power?

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History Coursework Since World War Two, many people have wondered how Adolf Hitler, an uneducated but extraordinary Austrian man came to be the F�hrer of one of the most powerful nations of the world. It is a fact that Adolf Hitler was uneducated, however this did not prevent him form having an amazing talent for oration and speech writing. The treaty of Versailles was an agreement created and signed by 'the big four' after World War one. The big four consisted of: America's Woodrow Wilson, Vittorio Orlando of Italy, Georges Clemenceau of France, and David Lloyd George of Great Britain. Before this Treaty was created Woodrow Wilson produced a list of fourteen points which offered an opportunity for peace. Most German people thought these points were reasonable and hoped that the other members of the big four would agree to these points. This was not the case, Clemenceau along with almost everybody in France was afraid of Germany and its army, therefore Clemenceau demanded that Germany's army must be reduced, and that France must be awarded some of Germany's land (Alsace - Lorraine), the Saar (an German coalfield) was to belong to France for 15 years, after 15 years a referendum would be held to decide which country the Saar would join with; the German industry was also to be reduced. ...read more.


In the 1930 Reichstag elections Hitler and the Nazi party were voted for by 18.3% of the voters. Whereas in July 1932 they gained 37.4%. Hitler gained many votes as people were suffering from the depression and began to believe Hitler when he promised to help them. Hitler was delighted at this because it meant that many more people were interessed in his ideas and in him. However, Hitler still did not have as many votes as he needed to win the elections. The other main party that had a large number of seats in the elections were the Communists. The Communists also promised bread and jobs for everyone. The Nazi party appealed to the rich, middle class and the lower middle class as all these classes had something to lose by voting for the Communists; the Communists appealed to the poor and the working class as they could gain a lot and become equal in status with the upper class. The Reichstag fire occurred in 1933, Hitler claimed that this fire was started by the Communists, this helped Hitler to gain a lot of support from those who had previously voted agaist him. In the 1933 elections Hitler gained just under 50% of the votes. The Nationalist Party joined forces with the Nazi's awarding them over half the total number of seats. ...read more.


Many people believe that the great depression was the main reason for Hitlers success in becoming the ruler of Germany. There are many other reasons that people may have noticed him; at Hitler's trial after his behaviour at Munich Putsch he gained a lot of publicity which he probably would not have received if he had not acted how he did. So Munich Putsch was a very important factor in the rise of Hitler as people may not have heard about him before and thought that he would not be able to fulfill his promises. Although this was an important factor in Hitler's rise to power it was not the only one, some other important factors are: TheTreaty of Versailles, Germany would not have been in chaos and Hitler would not of been able to persuade as many people as he did to vote for him; If he had not become chancellor then he would have had no power and not have been able to gain power; If Goebbels had not used propaganda to attract people and make them listen to Hitler then he would not have been able to achieve his goal, and so, all of these factors helped Hitler obtain power, each factor is as important as another but no reason is greater than the rest. Stephanie Twaites Mrs Roe ...read more.

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