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Nazi Germany

The era of Nazi control in Germany is one of the most disturbing political and social experiments the world has seen, culminating in a world war that involved sixty-one countries and cost over sixty million lives, many of them in a horrifying and systematic extermination campaign carried out in a network of concentration camps that stretched across occupied territory. The rise of NSDAP (or Nazis) was swift and unpredicted; after the Kaiser abdicated in 1918, Germany became a democratic republic with a fully functioning parliament. Yet, within the economic misery that resulted from the Treaty of Versailles and the Great Depression, and by both intimidating and enthralling the German public with his message of rebuilding German strength and national pride, Hitler manipulated his way to undisputed power, combining the posts of president and chancellor in 1934. The nation the Nazis then built was characterised by the mass mobilisation of the population in work projects, youth movements and ultimately, for war. This was carried out alongside tight political control and the persecution of those who did not fit the artificial construct of Nazi racial purity.

Essays on Nazi Germany

How did the Nazis rise to power in Germany after World War 1? Find out important dates, key people and debates with our dedicated study guide.

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Explain why the depression of 1929 was a godsend for the Nazi Party

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Explain why the depression of 1929 was a 'godsend' for the Nazi Party Of all European countries, none was hit harder than Germany...

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Most German people benefitted from Nazi rule 1933-39 Do you agree? Explain your answer.

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Eloise Sear 11P Hitler's Germany 1929-39 b) 'Most German people benefitted from Nazi rule 1933-39...

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The main purpose of the Nazi curriculum was to prepare boys to be soldiers. Do you agree?

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The main purpose of the Nazi curriculum is to prepare boys to be soldier Before Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933, he did...

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How successful were Nazi economic policies in the years 1933-45?

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How successful were Nazi economic policies in the years 1933-45? When the Nazi Party came to power in 1933 it had two main aims - to solve...

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To What Extent was fear of the Gestapo and the SS the main reason why Hitler was able to stay in power after 1933?

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To What Extent was fear of the Gestapo and the SS the main reason why Hitler was able to stay in power after 1933? After Hitler was made chancellor...

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Why did Hitler not face more opposition from within Germany?

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Why did Hitler not face more opposition from within Germany? Lewis Fairfax Resistance within Germany during and in the build-up to World...