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

Why did the Nazis have little success before 1930?

Extracts from this document...


´╗┐Why did the Nazis have little success before 1930? Between 1924 and 1929, after the Munich Putsch in 1923, the Nazis had very little political success. After Hitler had completed his sentence of nine months in prison, he decided to try to feign power through the democratic system which was in place, and, once in power, to overthrow this system and restore Germany to a dictatorship. However, this new approach was not successful until the 1930's and the Nazi party had no electoral breakthrough - for many years it was the smallest party in the Reichstag, having even fewer seats than the Communists. One important factor in the Nazi's lack of success was the failure of the Munich Putsch. In the Munich Putsch, Hitler had attempted to take power and overthrow the government by force. The failed Putsch gave the Nazis the appearance of being violent revolutionaries and law-breakers. ...read more.


Also his racist ideas - that Aryans were a master race and all other races (especially Jews) were inferior - were unpopular with many people, as there were many Jews in Germany and anti-Semitism did not always gain support. The reputation of the Nazis and several of their policies also did not gain the support of many social classes. The middle class, who were worried about revolution, were more conservative and restrained and associated law-breaking with the Nazis and found Hitler too violent. The lower and working classes supported either Socialism or Communism. The Nazis were really seen as a small Bavarian party, only really having support in Munich, and lacking the funds to mount a proper campaign. In addition, it was commonly felt that if the party could not manage to take power in Munich, then they would not be successful in controlling the whole of Germany. ...read more.


The German people became better off, and were content with the system of the Weimar Republic, and so did not feel the need to vote for revolutionaries and extreme political solutions. All of these factors were important in the lack of success of the Nazi party before 1930, but I think that the most important factor was the strength of the Weimar republic during the period. This meant that there was no need for extremist parties such as the Nazi party, and so it was very difficult for them to gain support, as their fundamental policies were not as relevant as they were later, when Germany was gripped by hyperinflation and unemployment. However, although the Weimar government seemed to be doing well, there were many underlying problems and all it took was one tipping point to bring the entire government down and when the Wall Street Crash occurred, the Nazi party, having prepared themselves, were ready to swoop in and take power. Why did the Nazis have little success before 1930? ...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

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. "Propaganda, the Secret of the Nazi's Success?"

    The Nazi party would then make many promises to the German people in the election campaign, so that they could get the majority of the votes. The promises they made were much more appealing to the German people than the other parties and the number of Nazi's in the government soon increased.

  2. Why did the Nazis have little political success before 1930?

    Hitler's speeches had been one of the main attractions of the Nazi party - he was seen by many to be a very powerful orator - so without his speeches the party lost a lot of power. Another problem was that Hitler's image and ideas were unpopular in this period, decreasing the appeal of the Nazi party.

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