The Effects Of The Soviet Union And Nazi Germany

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The Soviet Union and Nazi Germany were two of the most influential empires of the 20th century, with both playing huge roles in global politics and ultimately World War II. How is it these huge empires were able to come to power in their respective countries? Many different reasons can be given for each, ranging from economic struggles to inter-government quarrels. Ultimately, one of the biggest factors that allowed these two empires to rise to power was World War I and the lingering effects that the war had on the world. While the means that these two empires used to gain control may differ, the wake of WWI was influential for both to secure power. The first consideration is what these two states looked like during and immediately after the …show more content…
The effects of World War I caused the imperial governments to disband in both of these nations. Furthermore, the new governments that were put into place in both nations were seen as weak and had little popular support. While Germany dealt with the effects of the Versailles Treaty and the failing Weimar Republic, Russia dealt with issues like food shortages and the weak Dual Power government. These rough conditions and failing governments paved the way for new governments to come to power, namely the Nazis in Germany, and the Communists in …show more content…
However, the Weimar Republic was still not incredibly popular and the populus was still upset over the Treaty of Versailles. Meanwhile, the National Socialist German Workers ' Party, or Nazi party was growing, focusing on issues such as, “the union of all Germans within a greater Germany, repeal of the Treaties of Versailles and St.Germain, establishment of colonies for Germany’s surplus population, exclusion of Jews from citizenship”. The party had fallen under control of a man named Adolf Hitler and in November of 1923, the party attempted a coup d 'état and failed. Hitler was sentenced to jail for five years but ultimately only served one; none the less, the party continued to grow and gain support. When the Great Depression hit Germany, the Weimar Republic lost even more support while the Nazi’s grew and continued to gain

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