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"Lack of a strong political system in Germany was the main reason for the rise and eventual empowerment of the Nazi Party," Discuss.

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History Extended Essay "Lack of a strong political system in Germany was the main reason for the rise and eventual empowerment of the Nazi Party," Discuss After the First World War, Hitler became a V-man, and continued work for the army as a spy. His job was to spy on political parties. In the course of this job, Hitler stumbled across a small fringe party with few members called the German Worker's Party. Hitler decided to join this party and before long became the leader. After serving about a year in prison after trying to seize Munich, Hitler returned to leading the party, changing the name to the National Socialist German Worker's Party. ...read more.


People in Germany at that time were sick of this and, with the Nazi party offering strong, single leadership; they grew increasingly popular amongst the German population. However, this was not the only reason for the rise of Hitler and his Nazi party. The weak economy in Germany also played a huge part in the rise of the Nazis. In the 1920s share prices in the USA rose year after year. Many American's believed that they could make money by investing in shares. The selling and buying of shared was almost uncontrolled in the USA. Many people bought shares without realising they could lose all their money. Share prices went up because companies encouraged people to go on buying on credit. ...read more.


Crash. This affected millions of people and the effects were felt throughout Europe. Germany was the country worst affected by the Depression. This was because Germany depended upon the Dawes plan for loans from the USA to help repay the Reparations set by the Treaty of Versailles. When the depression began, the Dawes plan was replaced by the Young plan. Unemployment in Germany rose very quickly, reaching 6,000,000 by the end of 1932. This gave Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party the chance they had been waiting for. Hitler was able to use unemployment to gain support in the general elections from 1930 to 1933. He posed as Germany's "last hope". As German's became more and more desperate, they became more and more ready to listen to Hitler. He was able to pose as a strong leader who would be able to sort out Germany's problems. ...read more.

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