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Was Economic Depression the Key Factor in the rise of the Nazis

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Was Economic Depression The Key Factor To The Rise Of The Nazis? 13th October 2005 Between the years 1924 and 1929 the Nazi party began to expand, fighting for the May 1924 Reichstag elections for the first time, winning a total of 32 seats. Eight years later, by 1932 the Nazi party were the largest political party in Germany, with a total of 230 seats in the Reichstag. Another year later on January 30th 1933, Hitler was the German Chancellor. The question is, was economic depression the key factor leading to the rise of the Nazis? In 1929 the American stock market crashed. ...read more.


This only made problems worse. The government was making slow decisions and the German people had lost faith in the Weimar Republic and democracy as a whole due to the size of the economic problems that had been caused by the Nazi-dubbed 'November Criminals'. The Nazi party had been waiting since the Munich Putsch of 1923 for another weakness in the German government. From here on the rise of the Nazis continued more rapidly. With economic depression the Communist Party also chose to strike, but they were no competition for the Nazis. During the following years the Communist, 'Red Fighting League' threatened the German people with street fights against the police. ...read more.


Fear and anger towards the Weimar republic and disillusionment about democratic policies was shared by many Germans. The Nazis exploited this hate and drew even more followers to the Nazi regime through yet again more negative cohesion. A generalised conclusion to this question could be that 'The Nazis' exploitation of the state of the Germany through negative cohesion caused the rise of the Nazis'. But whilst that statement is true, economic depression triggered the Communists' violence which gained support for the Nazis. Economic depression also triggered the disillusionment about the Weimar Republic because of the poor economic situation for Germans at the time. An accurate conclusion would be that 'The exploitation of 'negative cohesion' was able to be used by the Nazi party as a result of the economic depression in Germany.' ...read more.

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