Adolf Hitler's Rise to Power - The Social, Political and Economical Factors Behind it

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Many social, economical and political factors played a major role in Hitler's incredible rise to power. These included Germany's economic and political instability, increasing violence, and a need for an authoritarian leader. The Great Depression, faulty political procedure, disillusioned voters, the weakness of the Weimar Republic, Nazi tactics and Hitler's excellent leadership skills also influenced Hitler's rise to power.

The weakness in the running of the government was one of the most important political factors that aided Hitler's rise to power. The first five years of the Weimar Republic were full of difficulties. It all started when the new government was forced to sign a harsh peace Treaty. The humiliation of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles was just the start of many of the government's faults. The treaty had the effect of humiliating the German nation and this lead to a desire in many Germans, including Hitler, to see their nation once again take it's place in the world through a strong nationalist government.

To prove he could be the one to do this, Hitler made it clear to Germans in his appealing speeches that the Treaty was the cause of many of Germany's economical problems. He also explained that he would fix this by tearing up the Treaty of Versailles.

In 1923, the Weimar Republic made another huge fault. Due to economic fragility, the German government didn't keep up with its reparations. This lead to a problem called hyperinflation and the savings of the German people became worthless overnight. The inflation was staggering and the economy was ruined. Germans had lost their trust in the Weimar Republic. This helped Hitler to gain support as Germans had begun to hate the Weimar Republic. With the Weimar out of the way, Hitler could take...