The Methods and Circumstances of Hitlers Rise to Power

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Jakob Rasmussen
December 3rd 2010

The Methods and Circumstances of Hitler’s Rise to Power

After Germany’s defeat in the First World War. Germany were forced to sign a treaty called the Treaty of Versailles that limited Germany’s power extensively. The treaty stated penalties such as the loss of German soil, a great minimization of Germany’s army and navy and of course Germany was forced to pay for the reparations of the destruction they had caused in the war. This penalty left Germany in a terrible state and caused a depression through out the entire country. Money became worthless due to inflation and millions of German people were un-employed. Many German’s hated the weimar constitution and blamed them for all the problems in Germany, specifically Adolf Hitler. Adolf Hitler (who actually attended military service in The Great War) was disappointed with what Germany had become and vowed to change it, to make a better Germany and rise to power which he later did. Adolf Hitler used a various of different methods that caused him to rise to power and change the issues of his country.

After the end of the First World War the beginning of Germany’s depression. Adolf Hitler returned to Munich. He was still however, working for the German army. Due to his good public speaking skills, he was given the job to check up on the new flourishing and up coming political parties and counter their propaganda. On 1919 however, Hitler was sent to a small meeting of the German Workers Party and blatantly agreed to many of the groups ideas and desires. These people, like Hitler himself wanted to make a better Germany. Hitler later joined the group and worked as a propagandist. Hitlers secret talent for public speaking was a great advantage to his cause as he later became head spokesman of the political party which was renamed to the National Socialist Workers Party. (Nazi party). Hitler became leader of the party in 1920.

During Hitler’s leadership, he changed the Nazi party from the small secret beer hall meetings to one of the best known political parties in Munich. He personally designed the Nazi flag, the swastika and established the sturm-abteilung or otherwise known as the SA or storm troopers. storm troopers was a very important element of the Nazi party as it benefited the growth of the party in many ways. Hitler used the storm troopers to not only protect the Nazi speakers during meetings but to also to intimidate the opponent and used violence to break up the meetings of the Social Democratic Party.

Although the Nazi party was growing rapidly within the leadership of Hitler, it still wasn’t a big enough party to organize a revolution to take over the whole country. The Nazi party needed the entire support of the Bavarian government as the three thousand supporters weren’t enough. The Munich Beer Hall Putsch was a movement established by Hitler and the Nazi party on the 8th of November. The idea was to take over the Bavarian state by force, by infiltrating a meeting held by Kahr, the Prime Minister of Bavaria. With the help of six hundred storm troopers and the famed general Ludendorff, they were to threaten the prime minister to join with the Nazi party. If the concept had gone to plan the Bavarian Prime Minister Kahr, would have agreed to these terms and thus allows Hitler control of the entire Bavarian State. However, this did not take place. Kahr did not agree to the his terms. Hitler carried out the plan anyway and exclaimed to the crowd that the Nazi’s were now in control of the state. After the meeting, Kahr spread the news to Berlin that ordered the Bavarian army to stop the Nazi party from gaining control of Munich. On the 9th of November, Hitler and the rest of the nazi party March into Munich where they collided into the Bavarian army. The consequences of the beer hall putsch were however positive and negative. Negatively, the attempt of power at the beer hall was a failure for Hitler and the...
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