World War I And The Treaty Of Versailles Essay

1260 Words May 30th, 2016 6 Pages
Many people wonder how Adolf Hitler, a man blamed for the start of WWII and characterized for his fascist policies that resulted in millions of deaths, could have come to power in Germany during the 1920-1930s. Hitler rose to power in German politics as leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party, also known as the Nazi Party (or NSDAP). He was elected chancellor of Germany in 1933, and served as dictator from 1934 to 1945. Even at a young age, Adolf Hitler had a strong passion for German nationalism. This became evident in his early beer-hall speeches, specifically the famous coup of 1923 in which he announced that the national revolution had begun and declared the formation of a new government. Now one might ask why anyone would listen to a young Adolf Hitler demanding revolution in a beer-hall. Well, the mood in Germany following World War I and the Treaty of Versailles was grim. Economic depression had struck, putting millions of people out of work. The government under the rule of the Weimar Republic began to divide and cripple, thus inspiring a growing desire for change amongst the German people. This paper will focus on how Adolf Hitler was able to come to power in Germany during the 1920-1930s due to the current state of, and response to, the: Treaty of Versailles, incompetency of Weimar Republic, Great Depression, rise of German nationalism, and growth of the Nazi movement. Shortly after World War I, a post-war peace settlement was established know as the…

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