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"The weakness of the Weimar republic was the main that allowed factor that allowed Hitler to rise to power between 1920 and 1933". Do you agree?

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"The weakness of the Weimar republic was the main that allowed factor that allowed Hitler to rise to power between 1920 and 1933". Do you agree? The question directly relates to the idea that the political power of a country can be taken over by ambitious people in different ways. From our knowledge we know there is three ways this can be done...by take over by force, also known as a 'coup d'etat', in a more democratic and just way or by a political deal. In the 1920's and the 1930's Hitler led a right wing political party and was seen by many as a dictator. He wanted to overthrow and control the German government and he tried all three of these ways in an attempt to do so, some methods were more successful than others. In 1923 he tried the first method of a coup d' etat (takeover by force) in Munich which turned out to be far from successful and in-fact led to Hitler's imprisonment. ...read more.

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The treaty of Versailles was seen as a harsh and unjust treaty by the German people and they held the Weimar politicians responsible for their treatment. The weaknesses apparent within the Weimar republic left a gate open for Hitler to rise to power and gave him opportunities to do away with democracy. Another flaw of the Weimar republic was its representation of constituencies. The proportional representation of parties allowed a lot of small parties into the Reichstag and therefore it was difficult to find a majority government within parliament. Numerous elections were held and this allowed Hitler to scheme his way to the top by 'wheeling and dealing'. Although by 1928 hitler's party only has 12 seats in the Reichstag but their was another additional factor which made all the difference. Hitler s efforts and the parties drive to succeed The use of propaganda was a clever tactic of Hitler 's. he promoted ideas to the German people that they wanted to hear and relating to issues that appealed to them. ...read more.

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It was unable to deal with Germanys problems and this set Hitler in an ideal position to rise to power. The nazi party became more and more popular and by 1932 they had 230 seats in the Reichstag. Hitler's opportunity to do a political deal came about during the great depression when there was a collapse of trade and the death of stresseman. The people of germany were desperate due to the increasing rate of unemployment and the increasing political instability: they were desperate and needed a strong government. Hitler was their "last hope". We can see clearly a distinct link between german unemployment figures and a rise in nazi seats in the Reichstag. People turned to Hitler for help due to the depression and the failure of the Weimar republic to cope with the ongoing problems in germany. In my opinion this is the main factor to why Hitler finally came about to doing a political deal. In conclusion there were may contributing factors to hilters rise to power but the crucial factor was the economic depression and the inability of the Weimar republic to cope with Germanys problems. ...read more.

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