How did the Problems in Germany make People Support Hilter in 1923

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After the end of the First World War, Germans Weimar republic which was established was in chaos. During the First World War, Germany lost 2 million troops. In the meantime, the country suffered high unemployment, rampant inflation and bitter political differences between the right and the left. 3 of the things which made people start to support Hitler were because of the political, social and economic problems. People in Germany were tired of their poor quality of life. Hitler promised to make Germany proud again - it was exactly what people wanted to hear.

The political instability with no party ever commanding an overall majority in the Parliament was a common phenomenon in the political life of the country. For example, in 1919 the Communist Party attempted an armed revolution in Berlin, but was defeated. In March 1920, Dr. Wolfgang Kapp led an army coup which aimed at setting up a military dictatorship.

It was also crushed by the loyalist army.

Secondly, there was political violence which often culminated in civil war. Very often the left and the right wing paramilitary groups engaged in street battles which left many people dead or injured. Many communist party leaders were assassinated in cold blood as well as leading supporters of democracy. Thus, political violence aggravated the prevailing instability.

Thirdly, the upper class and the army were anti-democracy. In addition, the leading army officers belonging to the upper class never accepted Germany's military defeat in the First World War. As such, they had no sympathy for democracy and longed for a return to the pre-1914 era of authoritarian and military.

Fourthly, the people hated the regime because of its agreement to pay the reparations as demanded by the Treaty of Versailles. To the nationalists in Germany, that was an admittance...