Hitler And Nazi Power During World War II Essay

743 Words Jul 25th, 2015 3 Pages
Since the end of World War II, many have questioned what exactly led to the rise of Hitler and Nazi power. Some give Hitler a lot of credit by claiming it was him and his charismatic speeches that led the way, while others claim that racism and propaganda fueled inherent racism already in Germany. It is most likely that the NSDAP (the Nazi Party) and Hitler rose to power due to external social conditions setting the stage for Nazi ideology to gain support.
Germany’s participation in World War I and eventually its defeat contributed to the social conditions necessary for the Nazi party to gain momentum. For a long time, Germany wanted to fight both France and Russia, but could not fight one without fear that the other would step in, which would lead to a devastating loss. It was a dream come true for Germans when Serbian nationalists assassinated Franz Ferdinand and Germany had to go to war due to its alliance with Austria-Hungary. Serbia was allied with Russia and France. Germany was able to fight against its major enemies without having to go it alone. Fighting in World War I is sited as the event in Hitler’s life that gave him purpose. He was granted many military awards and was crushed, like many other Germans, when the war came to an end with Germany on the losing side (Lacy Lecture). It was a war that boasted national pride, but ended up crushing the hopes of the German people.
The defeat of Germany became even more surreal with the implementation of the Treaty of…

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