After his failed Munich Putsch in November 8
1923, and his one-year imprisonment Adolf Hitler decided that the only way to overthrow the Weimar government and rise to power would be by democratic means. However, after hisrelease from prison, the ambitious beer-hall agitator
found himself unable to seize power in a period of political stability and economic prosperity with theimplementation of the Dawes Plan in 1924 and the Young Plan in 1929. Nevertheless, after the Wall Street Crash in 1929 the idea of Hitler as leader seemedmore and more appealing to the German people. By exploiting the new horrificsocioeconomic circumstances and using his political abilities, Hitler was able to riseto power by being appointed Chancellor in 1933. This essay will thus explore thereasons why Hitler was able to rise to power by examining his charisma, propagandaas well as various events and ideas, such as the Treaty of Versailles, the fear of Bolshevism, Hitler's promised policies and the Weimar Republic institutional problems.Before examining these aspects, it is crucial to consider the relation betweenthe state of the German economy and the Nazi electoral success between 1928 and1932. In the 1928 elections, during a period of prosperity and stability, the NSDAP
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only got 12 seats in the Reichstag. However, in the elections of 1930 and 1932 (July),the Nazi Party got 107 and 230 seats respectively. It is clear that the worse theeconomic state of Germany was, the more seats the Nazis got
. During these twoyears, after the Wall Street Crash of 1929, when unemployment rates were quicklyescalating, the small Nazi political group transformed into the largest and most powerful party in Germany. Finally, in the November elections of...