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Jade Edwards 29th July 2002 Germany Coursework Q1.Choose any one reason from the list and explain how it contributed to Hitler's rise. The Treaty of Versailles contributed to Hitler's rise by being the most hated treaty ever brought about. The Treaty ruined any chance of Germany regaining dignity after World War One. The German people didn't believe they had lost the war or should be blamed for the war, so when the Treaty gave them a term they had to agree with e.g. You must take the blame for starting the war, they felt the terms were unfair. Also what was unfair the German's were not there when the terms where drawn up, so this made them unhappy but they also felt the terms were hypocritical and unjust. The terms of the Treaty were too harsh and the German people refused to agree to them The Treaty crippled Germany by making them pay reparations for the damages caused. Hitler was a wise man and used this to his advantage. He knew that the German's were in serious trouble with money and debts, sp he made promises to get them out of the hardship and out of unemployment, he used his 25 point program to try and achieve this. Hitler spoke well of these things he promised to do and won many Germens over, as they were still bitter over the signing of the Treaty, by the Weimar Government. ...read more.

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The Weimar Government started to print more money causing Hyperinflation. They were failing to do anything good for Germany, the more money they printed the worthless, what little money was left, became. Another Short term, which linked off the Treaty of Versailles, was that the German people hated the Weimar Government, the depression and the signing of the Treaty was weakening it, giving Hitler a chance to prove himself. Hitler showed German people that they were in need of strong leadership, to get them out of the Depression and that he was that strong leadership. The unemployment gave Hitler a chance to get things improved in Germany, like work was done on roads and public works. Another Long-term cause was The Munich Putsch, it triggered of Hitler's speaking skills, a glorious victory and the German peoples faith. The Munich Putsch even though it was a failure it lead the Nazi's and Hitler to Victory. Once Stresemann called off the passive resistance in the Ruhr the Weimar Government started to fail miserably. Hitler used this to an advantage and believed it was the right time for the Putsch. Hitler not being happy with Kahr's hesitation, decided to force him to act. This was the first sign that helped Hitler get to Power. Then with Hitler's persuading attitude and his forceful entrance with 600 Stormtroopers shown the German people what a strong personality he had. ...read more.

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Who wanted to hear of his strong ideas, which would get them out of the Depression? Hitler showed German people that they were in need of strong leadership, and that he was that strong leadership. Compared to the Weimar, Hitler had a strong personality and powerful ideas, to get Germany back into action. Letting Germany know of his strong leadership was also easy after the Treaty was signed because the Weimar was seen to be having a humiliating climb down and right-wingers were seeing this. When Hitler attempted the Munich Putsch another important reason for Hitler's climb, because it was a success for him, even though the Munich Putsch failed it launched the Nazis, confidence, made Hitler famous, and was the main building block for Hitler and the Nazis success. With Hitler being able to control 600 storm troopers and being able to persuade Kahr and his Ministers to support him gave him the chance to overthrow the Reichstag, and prove his controlling, leadership is what Germany needed. Hitler set up the Enabling Act knowing that the Weimar government was over. This triggered a rapid change throughout Germany, known as the Nazi revolution. Hitler had succeeded. The Actions of Hindenburg and Von Papen were foolish but a final important cause to Hitler's rise. Hindenburg and Von Papen tried to manipulate Hitler but instead it ended in them giving Hitler his power. All Hitler had to do now was keep his power, his extremist demands and his confident speeches to the whole of Germany. ...read more.

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