How Hitler Maintained Power Between 1933 And 1945

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There are various elements to consider as to how Hitler maintained power between 1933 and 1945. Many historians argue that the most significant element was the consent of the German people. Others, however, suggest that factors such as: propaganda, force, opposition or economic factors, are accountable. By assessing these four passages, interpretations can be made as to which element was most significant. Interpretation A agrees to an extent that the most important element in maintaining Hitler’s regime was the consent of the German people. It is controversial as it implies that unconscious German obedience as well as the structure of the government had great influence, ‘Vacuum of power’ highlights that the shaping of the government was vital to gaining power due to its political instability between the left/right wings in the Weimar republic. As proven by the legal revolution: the Nazis created the impression that the dictatorship they built rested on a legal foundation and the methods they took did not necessarily break the constitution, they manipulated it. The passage explains that the German people gave ‘vote after vote of overwhelming confidence’, this implies that without Hitler’s votes of confidence and leadership skills, Hitler would not have gained power at all- as similar to Papen, with his few votes of confidence he wasn’t able to become a leader. However, this statement is not convincing as election evidence illustrates these plebiscites were rigged as voters
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