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Use these sources and your own knowledge to say how far you agree with the statement that "the collapse of the Weimar Republic and establishment of Nazi one-party rule can be explained solely by Hitler's widespread appeal". There are a various number of reasons for the downfall of the Weimar republic and the establishment of the one party rule, including Hitler's appeal, however it was his consolidation of power 1933-1934 which was largely responsible for the collapse of the Weimar regime. Factors such as the Enabling Act of 1933, the Reichstag fire, the use of the SA, and the banning of all opposition contributed to allowing and enabling Hitler to form a one party, Nazi dominated state. "In two months", Von Papen confided in a friend " we'll have pushed Hitler in to a corner and he can squeal until his heart's content". ...read more.


Although Hitler displayed his 'unique confidence' and great power to the public, devising an era of 'Hitlercentric' followers, it could be argued that Hitler was quite the opposite. Depicting Hitler as a weak dictator may be highly controversial to historians yet as structuralist historian Brozat saw Hitler as a greedy power seeker who was a referee in bitter disputes between competing agencies of government. This is apparent as events such as the Reichstag fire, the night of the long knives, the passing of the enabling act, even the death of president Hindenburg convey hints of paranoia and reluctance to trust members of his own party that may interfere with future Nazi plans. It would appear from the drastic measures taken by Hitler to remove those who may have stood in his path of becoming the central dictator of Germany that the opposition was indeed weak. ...read more.


Another reason why the Weimar republic failed to last was the vulnerability that Germany was enduring, a lasting effect from the depression of the 1920s, and post war factors such as reparations. In addition to this the middle class, upper class and aristocracy feared communism and were keen to support Hitler as he was assuring that if he took control then communism would not be an issue. As a result from 1930 coalition could be formed, creating the impression of incompetent politicians disagreeing over insignificant differences whilst Germany was in a state of ultimate chaos. The need was strong for a leader who would be able to provide solutions and discipline the chaos in Germany. The inadequate expanse of the Weimar republic was blatant, each Weimar party was associated with a particular class or interest group, whilst the Nazis on the other hand were a national party forming alliances with classes throughout Germany. ...read more.

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