The years of 1924-9 for Germany were years of deceptive stability. Stability refers to a well established and firm state. In this context, stability within Germany would be a firmly established political system, a strong economy, no threats from external forces and no major divisions which would have massive implications on Germany. Germany appeared to be in a state of economic recovery but had concealed the ulterior fundamental problems that continued to exist. Germany’s economy as an entirety and parts of German society were still suffering.
Democracy is shaped around the inclusion of every individual’s personal opinion under one leading power. It would be impossible for everyone under the Weimar Republic to agree on the same policies on all levels. The weigh station that was the Weimar Republic, which
In the late 1920’s, the Nazi party had little success but in 1933, Hitler and the Nazis came to power. Hitler was the leader of a small right-wing party with very extremist ideas. Within a couple of years this party was in control of Germany. The factors that caused Hitler’s success for the rise of Nazism has been studied ever since. Hitler’s organisation skills and personal traits helped to bring the Naizs into power. However, without the socio-economic problems that Germany encountered and the weakness of their political situation, Hitler would not have had the opportunity to come into power and destory democracy in 1933.
To what extent was the Second Reich an entrenched autocracy between 1900 – 1914 The Second Reich was an Autocracy overall, as the Kaiser had a huge amount of control over the country, but was not really an entrenched autocracy as the Kaiser did not have total control over the entire country in all areas. To understand how far the Kaiser was a full autocrat there are key events to consider, such as how complicated the system was overall. It is also important to assess how far the role of the old elites, such as the Army, undermined the Kaiser and that he was not in total control. The Kaiser himself is a factor in his personal rule.
Therefore, this source suggests that the economic hardship in Germany, due to the Great Depression of 1929, Hitler and the Nazi party’s membership levels had increased rapidly, which, furthermore, suggests, that Hitler’s rise to power was ultimately due to the stock market crash, causing desperation of the German people, to vote for extremist parties, and party
In the decade prior to World War One, Germany experienced massive growth in both their population and their economy which created needs outside of Germany's immediate capacity. They met the demand by increasing their imports substantially; from 1899-1913, Germany nearly doubled its imports. Trade is a prominent element in every political situation that impacts the outcome significantly. Trade governs our resources and therefore, our quality of life and style of living. The Allies employed a blockade that sought to restrict the resources of the Germany and Austria-Hungary, starving them into submission and depriving them of necessary resources.
After Germany signed the Treaty of Versailles nations of Germany had live miserable lives, because high inflation happened in Germany. Germany made a wrong decision when they had to pay money. Instead of taxing people to give money for the damage to Allies, Germany borrowed a lot of money from other countries. As a result they had to pay more money with a huge debt.
On November 11, 1918 at 11am Germany signed an armistice with the Allied forces effectively ending the bloodiest war in human history. What followed would be the rise and fall of the Weimar Republic which would ultimately establish the Third German Reich. This is the backdrop for Eric Weitz’s Weimar Germany: Promise and Tragedy, where he describes the achievements and the devastating failures which spurred on the rise and fall of a republic and the eventual creation of a dictator. The first chapter of Weitz’s book titled “A Troubled Beginning” describes the social and political landscapes of Germany following the war. All of which coalesces into the primary theme of the chapter, that the Weimer Republic was built on a foundation that was doomed
World War One had a devastating impact on Germany. Throughout World War One, the people of Germany had been led to believe by their government that they were winning the war. Government propaganda had been used to great effect. Only the military leaders like Ludendorff and Hindenburg knew the true state of Germany’s military dilemma which had become even more apparent when America had joined in the war in 1917. Germany itself was being starved of food and all goods as a result of the British Navy’s blockade of the northern ports.
Wages were increased as the demand for jobs increased. Free trade which was a necessity for many foreign countries was ruined by Germany's unrestricted warfare. Secret trade from America to England was cut off by the scattered U-Boats in the English Channel. Trade for some countries was completely inaccessible as U-Boats created blockades. When trade routes were cancelled America Turned to conserving.
Since the Germans had to pay for all of the casualties and damages inflicted upon other countries, they began creating an excessive amount of money. This lead to the inflation in Germany, and this put Germany in financial trouble where parents began giving this money for children to use as blocks as it was easier to make the children blocks with the money then paying more for a reduced amount of blocks. This is what the Germans called the Depression of 1929. “The depression of 1929 created poverty and unemployment, which made people angry with the Weimar government. People lost confidence in the democratic system and turned towards the extremist political parties such as the Communists and Nazis during the depression” (BBC 2014)
The weaknesses faced by the Weimar Republic was known which also enabled Hitler to exploit the weaknesses of the left and the moderates. Appearing to be the strong leader and withholding the communication skills needed to lead a country, he was able to gain the votes he needed (Orlow 'Modern Germany ' p.185). There were violent strikes in the streets, back and forth fighting, rioting. People were killed and the people of Germany, who feared Communism and despise chaos, sided with the “volkishe” parties, who promised to establish law and order. The people of Germany thought rather than having thousands die it would be better to have law and order and break a few heads than to live with that chaos.
Vo, Kayla Period 3 3/28/14 The Nazi Party’s Ascension to Power in Germany The signing of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 intended to bring worldwide peace after World War I and to penalize Germany for being responsible for the casualties that resulted. The penalty caused Germany to lose its pride, power, and nationalism, thus leaving the country in a helpless economic state and in an abyss. This poor condition after the Great War in 1918 caused citizens to have a strong will for change, which provided the perfect stage for political parties to rise in power. One political party in particular, the National Socialist German Worker's Party--otherwise known as the Nazi Party--captured the interest of the German public.
Along with that, the country had little knowledge and experience with a democracy or constitutional governance. One scholar then concluded, “[I]t was doubtful whether such a democratic constitution could work in the hands of a people that was neither psychologically nor historically prepared for self-government.” (Klaus Fischer, Nazi Germany: A New History, 59). In the early 1930s German political parties, the major groups including the Nazis and the communists, organized paramilitary forces and killed one another off. Civil War was in questioning and the only other option the country had was authoritarian.