• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How did Adolf Hitler rise to power?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Germany 1918-1939 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Germany 1918-1939 essays

  1. How significant was Nazi Propaganda in maintaining Hitler in power in the years ...

    (Welch, Nazi Propaganda, 1983, p.185) Nevertheless, although many believe that it is the creation of the 'Hitler myth' which is the "most important theme in cementing Nazi propaganda together," (The Third Reich - Politics and Propaganda, 1995, p.83)the intensity of the 'Hitler myth' cannot simply be seen as entirely the result of Nazi propaganda.

  2. How important was the Enabling Act to Adolf Hitler?

    However, the Enabling Act wasn't essential to Hitler because the Nazis already had enough influence over the Reichstag to pass whatever laws they wanted. The Reichstag Fire on 27th February 1933 had heightened fears and tensions among the German public, meaning that more people voted for Hitler in the general

  1. The economic depression was the most important factor in Hitler's rise to power, discuss.

    Although in 1924-29 German people saw the party as a radical joke, they were all aware of them, and the propaganda machine was lying in wait ready to take advantage of any crisis that might arise. Therefore, when the economic depression struck in 1929, the party could capitalize immediately on

  2. "Only the Great Depression put the wind into Hitler's sails" (A.J.P. Taylor) Do you ...

    October 1918.Whilst recovering from his injuries, communism was rising and as some Jews led this, a general hatred of Jews developed. Hitler's hatred of the Jews became one of the German Worker's Party's main points, which Hitler built up into a recognised political party, so he could use it as a vehicle to reach his own political ends.

  1. The weak Weimar government was a major factor in Hitler rise to power, however ...

    Using some of the causes in the list explain how both long-term and short-term causes contributed to Hitler's rise to power. The Munich Putsch contributed to Hitler's rise to power enormously. When Hitler hijacked a government meeting and announced he was taking over the Bavarian government.

  2. What was the most important reason for Hitler's rise to power?

    In Broman's book he says "The weakness of the Weimar Republic was obvious. There were too many political parties and they were unable to form an enduring majority in the Reichstag that could back a stable government" In 1919 there was a Spartacist coup.

  1. Describe and explain the rise to power of Hitler and the Nazi's (with reference ...

    This was also seen when Hitler tried the Munich Putsch and Pres. Ebert declared a "national State of Emergency". The Weimar had been politically unstable from the beginning and Hitler used this to his advantage to exploit the Weimar and gain support.

  2. The factors behind Hitler's Rise To Power

    failing but on the other hand the Nazis had very good team work skills and had a very strong leader (Hitler), and because of the fact that other parties underestimated them, the Nazis grew and became more popular, with the help of the depression.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work