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Name one reason for Hitler's rise to power.

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Hitler 1. Name one reason for Hitler's rise to power. Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany and took control on 30th January 1933. He rose to power for many reasons. In this essay I will study one main reason and then link that reason to others to find out how Hitler gained power. The treaty of Versailles has main factors, which the Germans resented; it was this resentment that gave Hitler the power over the people and the ability to manipulate the German population. Article 231 (the war guilt clause) was resented by the Germans; the reason behind this is that they, as a nation, felt that it was not them who were entirely to blame for the war. This article however meant that they had agreed that the war was their own fault. The Germans had their armed forces reduced dramatically, they were only allowed 100, 000 men without conscription. They were banned from building armoured vehicles, submarines and aircraft and restricted to 6 battleships. Also they could have no military presence on the Rhineland. ...read more.

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The main lands the Germans hated was the loss of were Posen and West Prussia to Poland, it seemed that national self determination did not apply to the losers here as many German people ended up living in Poland and national self determination did not apply to them. The loss of the colonies in Africa was a major blow to Germany. These were taken over by Britain and France, the Germans hated this as the French and British had many colonies already and it had taken a long time to acquire the few they had. The Germans resented the fact that they were not allowed to join the league and felt it was "a victors club". This made them bitter as they had no say in the matters of world affairs and were isolated. Sources show how the German people reacted to the signing of this treaty, "Today in the hall of mirrors in Versailles the disgraceful Treaty is being signed. Do not forget it. The German people will with unceasing labour press forward to re-conquer the place amongst nations to which it is entitled. ...read more.

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6 million German people became unemployed. The democracy could not have coped because it was too young, even an old democracy like Britain struggled at this time. Around this time people began to listen to Hitler, he again brought up the idea of the treaty of Versailles and blamed the Weimar Republic (known as the November criminals) for signing it. He told the people that if they hadn't of signed it they wouldn't need to pay reparations and the people would still have work. Hitler also had the support of the rich people who feared communism, this gave him extra power and more propaganda at hand which he could use to persuade people to his views. This also meant he had the funds to use aeroplanes to travel the country and speak to the people as often as possible. These quotations show about how Hitler used this factor for his own benefit- "From the witness box Hitler condemned the November Criminals, the politicians who made peace in November 1918and the peace settlement" (1923 trial) "First the Nazi's revived talk of the stab in the back of 1918 and the betrayal through the treaty of Versailles in 1919." Andrew Woolley Hitler 1 02/05/07 ...read more.

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