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GCSE coursework Germany 1919-1945 depth study:
Short term causes are directly linked to the event while long term causes are indirectly linked; long term causes usually start some time before a particular event and take a long time to take an effect, while short term causes start nearer the event and have a rapid effect.
In the list the short term causes are: the economic depression, Von Papen and Hindenburg's actions, and the enabling law. These are all short term because they directly lead to Hitler's gain of power; they have quick effects and were caused by long term causes.
The long term causes are the Treaty of Versailles, the Munich putsch and Hitler's public speaking and leadership skills. These are long term causes because their effects carry on through the whole campaign and they started off a chain of events.
The Treaty of Versailles helped Hitler gain power because it was resented by Germany and Hitler wanted to get rid of it, the treaty disgraced and humiliated the proud nation of Germany. This made Germany be supportive of Hitler's cause because he wanted to get rid
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