Bismarck And Nazi Germany Essay

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The state of the Germany in the early 20th century was a combination of disarray and inconsistency before the beginning of the Third Reich. The beginning of the Third Reich saw Adolf Hitler become the chancellor of Germany and the end of the Weimar Republic due to attacks from its opposition. Adolf Hitler’s rise to the chancellorship came from his ability to use the situation of a failing Weimar Republic to his advantage to rally the masses in his favor. Hitler used the Weimar Republic’s economic and political chaos by exploiting the people’s concerns as well as using the Nazi Party as his political way of obtaining rule over Germany. Otto von Bismarck created a constitution in 1871 which was based on a neo-Bonapartist system, led by a Kaiser, that held a prosperous foreign policy and was able to constantly form limited majorities between parties in the Reichstag. Bismarck was able to lead behind this system with success until his resignation in 1890. Bismarck’s resignation brought about instability in the Reichstag and the formation of the Weimar…show more content…
The propaganda made the Nazi Party be seen as the “party of change, dynamism, and movement to a better Germany” (Moeller 6). The party “appealed to specific interests such as creating organizations for farmers, civil servants, and women that worked in the household” (Moeller pg. 7). Although Hitler’s propaganda made the party be seen this way, the “original intent of the party was to combine Nationalist and Socialist ideologies” (Bendersky pg. 34). The National Socialists didn’t “threaten the private property of the middle class and wanted a strong middle class” (Bendersky pg. 34). The Nazi wanted to “represent the worker, farmer, or middle class over the power economic forces” (Bendersky pg. 34). The party’s economic programs were more towards helping the lower class than the
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