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Examine how and why the conditions of the state help Hitler and the Nazi party rise to power.

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Examine how and why the conditions of the state help Hitler and the Nazi party rise to power. From 1924 to 1929, the Weimar government under Gustav Stresemann allowed Germany to thrive and so normalcy returned to Germany for this period of time after great embarrassment of losing the war and the economic crisis of hyperinflation. People became uninterested in radical parties such as Nazi's and Communists who proposed radical ideas and despised the Weimar. How did the conditions of the state therefore allow Hitler and the Nazi's to rise to power by 1933 when their message of abolishing the Weimar remained the same? I believe it was because of underlying instabilities and flaws of the state of the Weimar that allowed the Nazis to gain power, such as: The Weimar constitution, the inability for the Weimar to deal with the great depression, the Nazi's support from the conservative elite. ...read more.

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If any party got 1% of the votes then they would get 1% of the seats and so any party could get into power regardless of their policy. It also meant that there was a huge amount of parties in the Reichstag and all of them had limited support. When this was combined with the effect of the great depression, all these parties argued about what to do. The extremist parties like the Nazis began to look like a viable party for many Germans as the radical ideas which they proposed appeared to be able to solve the ever increasing amount of problems in Germany. They also had the biggest proportion in the Reichstag and so looked increasingly powerful in the failing Weimar. The inability of the Weimar to deal with the great depression was another of its major downfalls. The economic collapse that occurred after 1929 intensified feeling about the Weimar republic especially in middle class communities as unemployment rocketed to 6million in 1932. ...read more.

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The fact was, none of the Conservative elite were specifically pro-Nazi, but they all shared the same ideas that the Weimar should be ended. It was this "negative cohesion" that gave the Nazis support of the elite by sharing nationalist and anti-communist values and also gained support by wanting to end the politically unstable Weimar. This really helped the Nazis get into power as they had support of a force that could effectively removed and replace the Weimar with the Nazi Party. In conclusion, the failings of the Weimar created an environment where the Nazis could rise into power. They were, however, still very lucky as they were beginning to lose support in late 1932 and were also running out of funds and they did not have an overwhelming majority as they only had 37% in the Reichstag. However, the fact that the Nazis seemed to have solutions to the problems that faced the German society gained them support over the floundering Weimar. Hitler's support was thought to be able to restore the Weimar which helped the Nazis rise to power in 1933. ...read more.

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