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Using some of the causes in the list, explain how both long-term and short-term causes contributed to Hitler's rise to power.

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Using some of the causes in the list, explain how both long-term and short-term causes contributed to Hitler's rise to power Both long-term and short-term causes which contributed to Hitler's rise to power were important, and both types were necessary for his rise to power. Although, the two different types of causes were important in different ways, they all contributed in building up a situation which meant that Hitler not only would not only rise to power, but could do it easily. In the list, there are three long-term causes and three short term causes. The Long-term causes were all necessary, and without all of them, it would have been doubtful if Hitler could have ever risen to power, and certainly none of the short-term factors would have happened. They did not directly put Hitler into power, but did prepare the national scene for Hitler to rise to power, or allowed him to capitalise on other short term events which would allow him to gain more votes and more power. ...read more.

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Therefore, a vote for the Nazis would be considered a vote for the nationalists. With all of these three long-term causes, the Nazis were given a good setting to seize power. However, as mentioned above, these long-term causes were all very good, but without a few short-term causes it would have been very hard for Hitler to rise to power and to dictatorship. The economic depression was primarily a short-term cause, which contributed to Hitler's rise to power. The other two short-term contributing factors were firstly the decision by Von Papen and Von Hindenburg to appoint Hitler Chancellor and secondly the Enabling Law of 1933. The Depression caused much despair and poverty in Germany. However, some Germans saw that the Soviets were untouched by the depression and felt that Germany would do better under a communist regime. This frightened the working classes and the aristocrats who had the most to lose, and they were desperate to make sure that the communists did not gain control and power. ...read more.

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This gave Hitler greater popularity and votes because people believed that he stood for Germany, and would make it great again. The Munich Putsch in 1923 contributed to Hitler's rise to power because it increased his notoriety and image as the German leader who would lift the country to 'its rightful place in the world' (Hitler) and gave him a stage to show of his rhetoric. This other long term cause was a contributing factor because it brought attention to Hitler and meant that he could successfully use the blunders of the government for his own gain. The Depression was both long-term and short-term cause, but most importantly it increased the despondency among the German people and exacerbated the fear of the communist party, which was also started by its increase in power. However, the only direct factors which contributed to Hitler's rise to power, was his appointment as Chancellor and the Enabling Act. These last two meant that he was not just helped in getting to the top of the political ladder, but was placed there. ...read more.

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