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Hitler’s rise to power

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  1. Introduction
  2. Post-World War I Germany
  3. Weimar Republic
  4. Political instabilities
  5. Hitler's unprecedented usage of propaganda
  6. Hitler's natural leadership

Post-World War I Germany was a country ridden with resentment, distress and desperation. There was confusion throughout the country because many thought that they had won the war, therefore the harsh terms of the Treaty of Versailles came as a shock to most German citizens. War guilt was a source of major bitterness in Germany and caused it to resent its neighbors deeply. There were also great economic issues arising from Versailles with seemingly impossible reparations needing to be paid by the losing state of the War. The Treaty also attacked German Tradition greatly by limiting its military significantly which caused outrage in the country.

The political instability that ascended from all of these factors was unavoidable. The Weimar Republic was established in 1919, after the German Revolutions in the November of 1918, to replace the imperial form of government in Germany. This Republic attempted to spread liberal democracies in Germany, which was soon proved a difficult task. The Weimar Republic was fragile and insecure from its inception, and with the creation of many extremist groups that outright defied it, this new government was doomed to fail. One of these extremist parties was the National Socialist, or the Nazis. Adolf Hitler joined the Nazis in 1919 when it was one of the smallest parties at the time because he had similar views with these right-wing thinkers.

Hitler decided to become a politician after the German Collapse in 1918, as he describes in his infamous book Mein Kampf. Hitler was quickly recognized as a striking public speaker and a ?master of the masses' He appealed to the emotions and desperation of a distraught nation with his powerful and commanding speeches that captivated thousands. When Hitler joined the Nazis in 1919 there were a mere seven members, this number rose to 27,000 followers in 1925 and then an impressive one million followers by 1932. As the party grew, so did Hitler's power. Soon he was one of the most influential men in Germany which surprised everybody, even himself. Hitler's rise to chancellery in 1933 was propelled by his charismatic and confident leadership and permissible by the failure of the Weimar Republic which paved the way for one of the most devastating dictatorships in history.

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