Hitler – Weimar and Rise To Power Essay
Discuss the reasons, which led to the failure of parliamentary democracy in Germany and Hitler's rise to power (1920 – 1934)
German history is seen as a'painful issue for thousands of Germans and other Europeans' .However it has interested many historians over the years into inquiring how and why Hitler came to power and how much of this was to do with the failure of parliamentary democracy in Germany.To fully ascertain to what extent these events have in common and what reasons led to the fall of democracy and rise of the Nazis, each have to be looked at individually.Also it seems beneficial, to be able evaluate these in the relevant context, to look at the situation in Germany was in prior to 1920.
In 1919, the treaty of Versailles was signed marking the end of World War One. Soon after, the Weimar republic was established.It was hoped that this democratic constitution would mark a turning point for Germany.Turning the people of Germany away from the authoritarian style of government they were used to, towards a more stable democracy.Since the German nation was used to being ruled, rather than ruling itself, it was a hard transition to accomplish. Democracy was a new concept within Germany and many people were willing to look to the left and right wings for political leadership.Also World War One had created an unsettling influence on the people of Germany and the establishment of Weimar, with its wish for freedom and democracy hoped to settle this.In essence Weimar faced many problems from the outset; it had to cope with not only political challenges, but economic problems, structural weaknesses and the legacy of World War One.Weimar had also inherited the ruins of a conquered autocracy, a ruined economy and two ruthlessly anti-democratic political extremes
The Weimar Republic did not start on a good footing, since thefirst president was not democratically elected; instead Friedrich …