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Q: How important were economic factors in the rise to power of the Nazi party between 1919 and 1933? Germany before 1933 was in a very dark and depressive state. The Nazi party gained power between 1919 and 1933 for a variety of different reasons. There were major economic problems that Germany faced. The treaty of Versailles also contributed to their rise in power. The Nazi party helped bring Germany out of the depression as they appealed to the nation. Propaganda also helped the Nazi’s come to power. There was a lack of support for the current government, the role of Hitler himself helped the Nazis and there were great weaknesses of the Weimar. In order to determine whether economic factors were important in the rise to power of the Nazi’s we must take all evidence into consideration. Economic factors were very important and did contribute to the rise to power of the Nazi’s. Germany had faced hyperinflation which meant they could not afford to pay full reparations to France so the French invaded the Ruhr region of Germany and took control of key industries and natural resources. This worsened the economic crisis in Germany. The inflation rate rose so dramatically that the German currency lost all value, money was worthless. The price of coffee literally rose while you drank it and a cabbage cost 50 million marks. This caused many people, especially in the middle classes to fall into poverty. In 1924 the crisis was brought to an end by the Dawes Plan, which restored the value of the currency. One result of this was go make the German dependent on loans from America. When the American Stock Exchange (Wall Street) crashed in 1929, this left the struggling German economy in chaos. Industries failed and unemployment rose to 6 million. Social unrest followed, as people starved. The Nazi’s took advantage of this and used the problem to help their campaign and gain votes. The Nazi party received 6.5% of the vote and gained 32 seats in the Reichstag which...
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