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'The events in Munich of 8/9 November 1923 greatly increased the influence of Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany'.

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History Question 6 'The events in Munich of 8/9 November 1923 greatly increased the influence of Hitler and the Nazi Party in Germany' During this period in time the inflation in Germany had got out of control, and reparation payments had began (demanded by the Treaty of Versailles) meaning Germany was under huge pressure to rebuild it's economic power and ability. The German army was reduced to 100,000 men and had lost territories of France and Poland due to just a few terms in the Treaty of Versailles. Hitler saw this time as chance to prove himself. Hitler was greatly motivated and desired for power. John Dornberg wrote that for Hitler the Munich putsch had been 'a rehearsal for power'. The defeat of Germany in the Great War resulted in leaving Germany even weaker. Accusations has been pointed towards the government of betraying the public due to the way the armistice and treaties had been drawn up. There can be two points of view of this statement. You can believe that the events did not increase influence and that it was a failure or that in it's own right was a success influencing the power of the Nazis. Both sides of the argument shall be looked at and considered. ...read more.

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Some people believe that it was the Wall Street Crash that made Hitler popular. However the other side of the argument is that the incidents that occurred meant greater publicity and influential ideas placed upon the German people. Hitler gained a lot of media attention for himself and also the Nazi Party, as shown in Source I- a photograph taken of him going to trial. Hitler had the chance to use the mass media coverage to produce and put across to the nation his ideas. Source J is a statement made by Hitler during his trial 'I feel myself the best of Germans who wanted the best for the German people'. His time in prison game him time to reflect and realise where his plan had gone wrong and where it could be improved for the future. Source K is a letter made while in prison to a member of the Nazi Party. 'it will be necessary to pursue a new policy', showing he understands he needs to change the tactics. While in prison he developed the Mein Kampf (meaning 'my struggle') also another stunt to produce media attention but also like an account where he could produce his daily thoughts and feelings, and to clarify his political thinking. ...read more.

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They caused chaos jumping on the tables and firing gunshots into the air. He told the fellow people in front of him that a march was going to take place and that it was a 'national revolution'. He had planned a march in Berlin and the next morning at 11 o'clock it began, however the police turned up proving to be very effective. They built a barricade along the route, and as the Nazis came closer, firing began. 16 Nazis were killed and many injured including Hitler who had hurt his shoulder. It was said that he laid down until the fighting was over then made a speedily departure. In 1929 was the Wall Street Crash and again the German people needed someone to look up upon and Hitler saw this as his chance. He had spent time in prison reflecting on why his plan had gone wrong and where it could be improved for the future, making him more motivated and determined. He changed his violent tactics to more democratic ideas as he realised the violent ones were not working. He also decided on aiming his views and ideas to not the poor but different classes of people now. This is explicit in Source K 'Sooner or later we shall have a majority, and after Germany'. ...read more.

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