Hitler S Rise To Power

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Harriette Mellor
History 10L3
Hitler’s Rise to Power - Q1
During the years between the end of World War One and Adolf Hitler’s optimum years of power prior to World War Two, Germany was struggling with a great deal of political, economic and social troubles. The political confusion throughout this time was one of the predominant reasons that Hitler was able to gain such a degree of power from 1929 to 1933. The consequences of losing the Great War were disastrous and Germany faced uncertain times especially politically, due to the abdication of Kaiser Wilhelm II. Hitler was the beneficiary of this political turmoil in particular and manipulated the disorder to the Nazis’ advantage. Initially, the German citizens felt betrayed by the
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The Weimar government were not met with satisfaction by the people of Germany. As a result of surrendering the war and its consequences, people did not believe in the new government and were not republicans. Few Germans supported the Weimar Republic, and the first Weimar foreign minister, Walter Rathenau, noted; "Now we have a republic. The problem is we have no republicans.” Without republicans, the republic did not function. German democracy was a very new idea, and people had little knowledge of what it meant. However, there were two main flaws that ultimately destroyed the Republic. The first was Proportional Representation whereby people vote for a party instead of a member of parliament. This meant each party was allocated seats reflecting the number of people that voted for it. In practice, this was a disaster because no party was large or strong enough to obtain a majority so consequently no decisions could be agreed upon. The second, Article 48, said that in an emergency the Chancellor could issue decrees to pass his own laws without the agreement of the Reichstag. Yet it failed to state what an emergency was and when Hitler came to power after the failure of the Weimar Republic, he used this law to control the country by passing laws without agreement from the rest of the government. Moreover, there were many communist and socialist rebellions against the
Republic, and people had lost faith in the already weak government. People began to long for
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