Constitution, Liberty, & the Torah
Semester I Project
November 25, 2016
The country of Germany is mostly well known to most for its history of, “Nazi
Germany”. Its also famously known for the great wars of World war 1, and world war Two.
The government of German has had drastic changes, before, during, and after these wars.
This country was not always a Federal Republic state. In fact after World War One, Germany
Was overrun with a dictatorship!
By the aftermath of World War One, times hit wearingly & made it strenuous for the
people of Germany to get back on their feet. The people of Germany had to rebuild, & try to
survive the harsh conditions of life that the aftermath of the war brought to them. It was
around that time; the late 1920s that the Great Depression, hit. Plummeting German jobs,
leaving people homeless, helpless, and hungry. The dictatorship made a massive impact on
conditions and only made matters worse.
The way this dictatorship was being upheld was by the hands of a loyal political party.
When August of 1934 came, President Hindenburg passed away. This coming into play of all
that is happening, allowed Hitler to conjoin the two positions of presidency and positions of
chancellor into one. When this happened Hitler was crowned with the ultimate name, Fuehrer,
and Reich Chancellor. Thus making him infamously powerful, and allowing him to force a
dictatorship upon Germany.
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After World War II Germany was left devastated and in ruins. There had been massive destruction of the country’s infrastructure (Bessel 2011), it lacked political structure and economic activity had plummeted. There was a scarcity of food, fuel and housing and Germany was in no condition to clothe or feed its population (O’Dochartaigh 2003).
On the surface Germany appears to be a loving, and a precise country with its love of bratwurst sausages and beer. However Germany is known for much more than being an easy going society that loves to eat. Germany is widely known for the mistreatment to the Jews during world war two. When Hitler came into power he believed that all Jews were inferior to the Germans who Hitler deemed racially superior to their Jewish counterparts. Modern texts set during the Holocaust present a more humanised side of the Nazis, exploring friendships that existed between Jews and Nazi followers.
All these promises to abolish the Treaty of Versailles and rebuild was enough to sell the German people. A people under immense stress led Hitler to rise us seemingly effortlessly.
At the highest level, the division that persists in most democracies transforms into conflict over power. In these situations, there is a constant struggle over popularity and legitimacy, both of which are necessary components for power accumulation and consolidation. As a result, severe issues arise when either or both of them no longer lie in the hands of elected officials. A prime example of this was Germany during the Great Depression, where the democratically elected government collapsed because of economic crises. While they were losing power and popularity, Hitler was rapidly gaining on them. After going through several other candidates, the political elites were desperate for change, so they resorted to elevating him to the position of chancellor. They believed they could control and use him to regain a political foothold over the nation. Although such an event did not ensue, it revealed that, “If a charismatic outsider emerges on the scene, gaining popularity as he challenges the old order, it is tempting for establishment politicians who feel their control is unraveling to try to co-opt him” (Levitsky and Ziblatt 15). This was the final nail on their democracy’s coffin. By supporting an extremist like Hitler, the elites gambled away the future of Germany. They thought that
After Germany lost World War I, it was in a national state of humiliation. Their economy was in the drain, and they had their hands full paying for the reparations from the war. Then a man named Adolf Hitler rose to the position of Chancellor and realized his potential to inspire people to follow. Hitler promised the people of Germany a new age; an age of prosperity with the country back as a superpower in Europe. Hitler had a vision, and this vision was that not only the country be dominant in a political sense, but that his ‘perfect race’, the ‘Aryans,’ would be dominant in a cultural sense. His steps to achieving his goal came in the form of the Holocaust. The most well known victims of the Holocaust were of course, the Jews.
In order for the people to maintain a peaceful life, soldiers were “forced to leave families and villages for several years” (Document E). They soon fell into loneliness and boredom and wanted to return home but were not allowed. In addition, soldiers would “died from hunger, sickness, and extreme heart or cold” (Document E). Their families also struggled not knowing any information about them and whether or not they died. They lived their lives in peace, but also of lost.
The United States Constitution established a form of government called federalism. In addition to the United States, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria and Switzerland are all federalist governments. In a federalist government, political systems divide and share power and resources between central and regional governments. A federalist government is very unique and contrasts with other government types such as a unitary and confederate government. Overall the balance between a state and national government has kept our country strong.
In the aftermath of World War 1, Germany, as one of the primary instigators and participants, was also one of the most heavily affected countries in its aftermath. Germany was considered a major threat by the League of Nations, and hence many restrictions were placed upon it to try to prevent setting off another major war.
World War One, also know as the Great War, dealt many casualties and fatalities throughout its occurrence. Either through physical, surgical or mental wounds, soldiers and in some cases civilians had been in some way affected my these casualties. Disease and disorder during the Great War revolutionized the world to how it is present time. Major illnesses include Spanish Influenza, Trench Foot, Trench fever, Typhoid fever, Shell Shock, Tuberculosis, Pleurisy, Pneumonia. These illnesses caused an acceleration in medical studies and technological advances that would lead to the present day. Moreover, war, in general, causes major acceleration or deceleration in all fields of work. Disease, in particular, causes
Germany had very low employment rates in this time and it made it even harder to get back to a stable economy. In this time a lot of people had no jobs so this also did not help Germany because companies were going out of business. This directly led to the decline of Germany's economy. When having no business’s running the country as no money coming in and can not send anything out.
Germany, a country rich in culture and heritage, yet plagued by the fallout of World War I and World War II, has progressed to become the centerpiece of the European Union and the world’s third richest economy. The first German Empire dates back to the Roman Empire starting in the 8th century AD. During the Middle Ages the German Empire fended off many attacks against their soil from the Hungarians and the Slavs. Fighting and power struggles continued until the 1400’s, when the modern world gradually came into existence with intellectual, economic and political changes.
In conclusion, living during the war wants easy. People were forced to hide in basements for prolonged periods of time without an adequate amount of food and were objected to violence and harm from
A federal state is one that brings together a number of different political communities with a common government for common purposes, and separate “state” or “provincial” or “cantonal” governments for the particular purposes of each community. The United States of America, Canada, Australia and Switzerland are all federal states. Federalism combines unity with diversity. It provides, as Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister, said,