Modern History Assessment
"Assess the view that the collapse of the Weimar Republic was primarily due to the appeal of Hitler and his Nazi Party."
The Weimar Republic was incepted after the fall of the Hollenzollern Dynasty in 1918, and was, from the outset, a government riddled with weakness and incompetence in a variety of crucial social, economic and political areas. This social democratic regime was vulnerable to a range of influences including that of the Nazi Party, which, through its charismatic and boisterous leader in Adolf Hitler, as well as its appealing foreign and domestic policies, gained an unprecedented amount of support. However, it was primarily due to the Weimar Republic's own failings that the Nazi Party became appealing, and as a result of the government's unsalvageable state of affairs, the Republic was finally brought to its inevitable demise in 1933, with Hitler at the ready to take the reigns.
When the Treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919 by the newly appointed Weimar representatives, the government was making arguably the most unpopular decision in Germany's history and as a result lowered itself into terrible political turmoil. The Treaty was seen by the citizens of the country as a blight on Germany's image as a great and illustrious nation steeped in a proud military history, and as a consequence of this widely held view, the Weimar representatives were tagged the "November Criminals"Ã¯Â¿Â½. Much of the political backlash was due to the fact that the Allies were dictating to Germany the harsh terms of the war reparations, which was seen as absurd by many citizens that still held firm the belief that because hardly a shot was fired in Germany itself during the entirety of the war, that they could not have possibly lost in the way they were...