The Great Depression Of The Weimar Republic Essay

1005 Words May 29th, 2016 5 Pages
Most historians would agree that the economic depression was the most important reason why Hitler was able to become Chancellor in 1933. It was the cause of all the other significant factors, such as the weaknesses of the Weimar Republic, Nazi policies, propaganda campaigns, and the scheming of Hindenburg and von Papen.

The Great Depression was the most important factor that lead to Hitler becoming Chancellor in 1933. It caused major economic issues in Germany such as businesses going bankrupt, workers being laid off, massive increase in unemployment and homelessness. Germany was affected more than other countries because they had the burden of reparations and the Weimar Republic’s constitution made the Reichstag indecisive. Another issue was that they were completely dependent on American loans. Other than causing economic problems in Germany the depression linked to the other contributing factors. If the Great Depression had not caused chaos in Germany, Nazi ideas would not have been pertinent, nor would the weaknesses of the Weimar Republic have been so evident.

The inherent weaknesses of the Weimar Republic are the reason most Germans looked toward the Nazi party for solutions. The system of proportional representation meant that the Reichstag was constantly divided in opinion and unable to agree on anything.This meant that nothing was done about the economic crisis of 1929. The German people already did not trust the government because they felt that the November…

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