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Why did Hitler come to power in 1933?

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´╗┐Alexander St John Why did Hitler come to power in 1933? Hitler?s rise to power in 1933 came as a result of a range of political and social factors but I think that the economic factor of the Great Depression was the most important in Hitler?s rise to power in 1933. The political factors; the decision by von Papen and von Hindenburg to appoint Hitler as Chancellor in 1933, The Enabling Act in 1933 and The Treaty of Versailles were essential to Hitler coming to power but they were merely causes to Hitler coming to power. The social factors, the Munich Putsch and Hitler?s oratory, personality and leadership, were equally important but they also didn?t provide the catalyst that resulted in Hitler coming to power. Hitler could have come to power if it wasn?t for any one of these factors but I think that the most important factor was the Great Depression as it was the spark that gave Hitler the popularity he needed in order for him to come to power. ...read more.

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However Hitler could have never done this if it wasn?t for his oratory, personality and leadership. Hitler?s unique oratory skills combined with his strong personality and leadership were vital in him coming to power in 1933 as his strong speeches, perseverance and brilliant leadership skills gained him massive support among the German population. Hitler was a very strong public speaker and his complete belief in his views attracted people to vote for him as they looked for a strong leader in the hard times for Germany especially after the Great Depression. Hitler?s strong leadership qualities also gained him support as he promised the German people everything they wanted; this resulted in the Nazis appealing to a wide range of people. He also gave them a scapegoat to blame for all their troubles in the Jews. Hitler joined social principles for help in the ordinary man with the nationalistic belief in order and pride in ones country, this made him a clear choice for people desperately wanting change in Germany. ...read more.

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When the Great Depression struck the USA demanded repayment for the huge loan they gave Germany in the Dawes Plan in 1924; since the companies didn?t have the money to pay back the loans they simply shut down leading to huge levels of unemployment in Germany. The number of unemployed people in Germany rose from 2 million in 1928 to 6 million in 1932. As a result of this the German people looked for someone to blame and looked to extremism to settle their problems, the Nazis offered the Jews to blame and the promise that they would solve all of Germany?s problems. People also feared a communist revolution in Germany after the Great Depression and the Nazis looked like the best hope of stopping this. In conclusion I think that the political and social factors were very important to Hitler coming to power in 1933 but none of these gained support for the Nazis like the Great Depression which gave Hitler the support that he needed to manipulate his way into becoming the sole leader of Germany and ensured Nazi dominance. ...read more.

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