What were the salient features of the Nazi state?
The Nazi state was characterized by the following salient features: a one party law and order, the control of the media via censorship and propaganda, racial and religious persecution and the control of education. This assignment will examine these features and the circumstances that led to Germany becoming a Nazi state. There are three main circumstances that led to Germany becoming a Nazi state. They were the Treaty of Versailles, the weakness of the Weimar Republic, and worldwide depression.Ã¯Â¿Â½
Germany suffered great losses after World War I. The Treaty of Versailles forced Germany to accept responsibility for the war. Article 231 of the Treaty of Versailles forced Germany to accept guilt for the war known as the 'war-guilt' clause. Germany was made to the financial compensate France and Britain in billions of dollars and they were also made to disarm and reduce its army and navy.
They were also forced to give up some of their territories. These demands from Germany created a lasting resentment among Germans and fuelled ideas of nationalismÃ¯Â¿Â½. Germany felt the treaty was unjust, especially when it did not start the war.
The treaty of Versailles led to the failure of the Weimar Republic. The Weimar Republic was set up as an emergency democratic government after the war to govern Germany. It consisted of many political parties within Germany, but it could not agree on how to best serve Germany. The people blamed the government for agreeing to the terms in the Treaty of Versailles in what was seen as an unjust treaty. Germany fell into economical ruin in an attempt to repay the allies reparation costs.Ã¯Â¿Â½ There was massive inflation and the country was thrown into poverty and starvation. In addition to the...