A Comparative Study of Nelson Mandela and Adolf Hitler

1502 WordsMay 27, 20047 Pages
Adolf Hitler and Nelson Mandela are vastly different men, however in many ways through out their lives they both held a huge influence over their countrymen, the politics of their country and inevitably they both shaped the course of history for better or worse. Their fight, was not won without a struggle, but was helped by their masterful oratorical skills and the willingness of their followers to do anything for "the cause". Following the First World War Germanys economy began to fail, the German people were disgruntled with their current government and went in search of another leader. They were looking for a man that had the mettle to lead their country out of the bad times and into the good. As the world slipped into an economic…show more content…
As well as doing this he changed the way future leaders would campaign for public support, and inevitably promoted a more cautious attitude to the leadership of a country by one man. Nelson Mandela is a very different man from Hitler although at one stage or another their countrymen and women both felt the same about them.. Nelson Mandela was a black Zulu, with a royal heritage, unlike Hitler who most believe lead for his own gratification Nelson Mandela lead because of what he believed in and because he was disgruntled with the life he was forced to lead, all because his skin was black. With his strong beliefs, Mandela who had a degree in law set about finding a way that he could finally return Africa, to the black Africans. With this in mind he joined the ANC (African National Congress), however was quickly disgruntled with the lack of progress being made and decided that violence was the only way to get the whites to "sit up and take notice". With this in mind he formed a radical branch of the ANC known as Umkhonto we Sizwe ( Spear of the Nation), whose aim was to use violence as a political lever. It was this willingness to lead, to take risks and his want of a quick solution that made him such a good leader, and won him the support of all those around him. As the years passed Nelson Mandela gained more influence on those around him as they
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