• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What was the most important factor for Hitler becoming Chancellor in January 1933?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

What was the most important factor for Hitler becoming Chancellor in January 1933? There were a number of reasons that Hitler became Chancellor in 1933. One of the most important reasons was the depression in 1929. The depression was good for Hitler and the Nazis. They blamed the Weimar Republic, the Treaty of Versailles, the Communists and the Jews and promised to get rid of the, 'enemy within' who were destroying Germany. Many of the people of Germany felt the same way and followed Germany. Hitler and the Nazis used this time well, and organised it, using teamwork and skills of propaganda in order to get votes. We can see that the Nazis were very successful in this, from the elections of 193, where the Nazis made their first great breakthrough, jumping from 12, to 107 seats in the Reichstag. ...read more.

Middle

The government was more concerned with there not being a period of hyperinflation again than the rise in unemployment and so the Chancellor (Bruning) started to raise taxes, reduced unemployment benefits in order to balance the budget. But his made the government much more unpopular. This is of relevance to Hitler becoming Chancellor because in order for people to follow the Nazis they have to lose faith in the Weimar Republic. Another factor that enabled Hitler to become Chancellor was the Nazis tactics and Hitler's leadership skills. After the failure of the Munich Putsch, Hitler was convinced the only way of getting power would be by legal means. This is shown when their membership increased to over 100 000 by 1929. They also targeted successful propaganda at farmers and the middle-class from 1928 onwards. Hitler's leadership of the party was secure and members accepted his key ideas expressed in, 'Mein Kampf.' ...read more.

Conclusion

Hitler would not co-operate with him and eventually another election was called. In this election though, Von Schleicher (Hindenburg's main advisor) stopped supporting Von Papen and decided he should be Chancellor himself. This triggered off a power struggle between the two. Von Papen agrees to work with Hitler. This results in Von Schleicher to resign since he cannot gain enough support in the Reichstag. Hindenburg is then advised to make Hitler Chancellor or he might trigger a Nazi revolt and civil war. Hitler is then appointed Chancellor of Germany. Whilst the depression would appear to be the most important factor for Hitler becoming Chancellor in 1933, no one factor emerges alone, they are all inter-linked. Hitler's leadership skills and the tactics of the Nazis gained support and when the depression began people voted for the Nazis. The depression led to the weaknesses of the Weimar Republic. Hitler's leadership skills, Nazi tactics, the depression and the weaknesses of the Weimar Republic resulted in political manoeuvring between Von Schleicher and Von Papen. Harnoop.S.Atkar ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Germany 1918-1939 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Here's what a teacher thought of this essay

5 star(s)

This is a superb response, which confidently and accurately explains the reasons for Hitler becoming chancellor. It is very well written and demonstrates understanding of the links between causes in the conclusion. 5 out of 5 stars.

Marked by teacher Natalya Luck 09/04/2013

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Germany 1918-1939 essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Why did Hitler become Chancellor of Germany in 1933?

    5 star(s)

    An easier and more attractive alternative to the government was to support Hitler. Besides the bitterness the constitution that was originally drafted by Hugo Preuss had in theory attempted to stabilise Germany and build on traditions of German politics, as well as balance power between different institutions of the state.

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Treaty Of versailles

    5 star(s)

    The treaty of Versailles was a diktat. This meant the Germans had no say whatsoever in the initial planning and negotiation of the treaty. This was not at all fair on Germany or the German people. The German people believed that the German government had simply agreed to a ceasefire, and that therefore Germany should have been

  1. How important was the Reichstag fire in Hitlers consolidation of power?

    In March 5th the Nazis got the highest number of seats of the Reichstag (288), but still it was not the 50% that Hitler needed to get to power. With the passing of the Enabling Act, Hitler got all that he needed to finally secure his power.

  2. Women in Nazi Germany

    Hitler developed his political theories during a short stay in prison and he outlined his views based on a racial, religious, and cultural hierarchy. The SS was a large and complex political and military organisation made up of three separate and distinct branches, all related but equally unique in their functions and all principal components of the Nazi party.

  1. Explain how the Treaty of Versailles created many problems for Germany in the period ...

    As the Nazi's marched to the city centre, their route was blocked by armed police and soldiers. Firing broke out and 16 Nazi's and 3 policemen were killed. Hitler and Ludendorff were arrested. The putsch failed largely because Hitler over-estimated his support, and the army and police stayed loyal to the government.

  2. The Munich Putsch: success or failure?

    race which they hate and thus lowering its cultural and political level so that the Jew might dominate." Via Mein Kampf, Hitler underlined his promise that if he won power he would occupy Russian Land that would provide protection and Lebensraum for the German People.

  1. Why Did Germany Lose WW1

    However, early in the year 1917 Germany took up its U-Boots once again, realizing that they would lose the war if they wouldn't. But not all of Germany's enemies were located outside of it. The people within Germany wanted that the war ended.

  2. Why did Hitler come to power in 1933?

    Germany?s empire and military might had been a source of national pride before the war and now Germany?s empire was broken up and its military was forced to embarrassingly weak levels. As a result of this many of the German people looked to extremism for change and gave Hitler increasing

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work