How Important Was the Role of Hitler in the Rise to Power of the Nazis

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How important was the role of the leader in the rise to power of the Nazis in Germany
On the 30th January 1933 Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. Hitler came to power as the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party, more commonly known as the Nazi Party. In the July election of 1932 the Nazis received the highest vote ever achieved by any party in Weimar History with 13.7 million votes. This is a crucial point in history as it was Hitler who led the world into World War II which resulted in the death of 60 million people. Many questions are asked as to how such a man could legitimately come to power and create a totalitarian dictatorship in a modern country such as Germany. One popular reason for Hitler coming to
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This was more votes than any party had received in Weimar history. However not many of their polices had changed from 1928 when they only got 2.6% of the votes. This shows that the Great Depression clearly had a bigger impact on the Nazis rise to power. Although Hitler was visibly a good leader, people clearly felt they had no choice but to turn to the Nazis as a result of desperation caused by the weak attempt by the Weimar Republic to run Germany.

Many historians argue that the failure of the Weimar government was the main reason for Hitler rising to power. Historian Ardagh says that “A growing number of politicians came to feel that democracy was unworkable”. The Weimar Republic had a lot of problems, even from when it was established in 1918. The first problem was that they started by accepting defeat in the First World War after signing the Treaty of Versailles. Hitler circulated that rumours that the ‘’November Criminals’’ had stabbed Germany in the back by signing the treaty, this is known as the Dolschstosslegende. This was effective for the Nazi party as it instantly turned the German population against the Weimar. The Weimar’s constitution was another problem they suffered from. The use of proportional representation in elections meant that they were unable to build a strong government, only unstable coalitions and elections had to be held frequently. Democracy was beginning to get a bad image from this and people began to crave a strong leader to

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