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Account For The Initial Consolidation Of Nazi Power In 1933 34

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Account for the initial consolidation of Nazi power in 1933-34
The failure of the Weimar Republic, the Wall Street Crash and the Treaty of Versailles had sent Germany into a state of instability and unrest. The only way to restore Germany was to elect a new government. Events such as the Munich Putsch, Mein Kampf, the re organisation of Nazi tactics gained supporters and awareness of the Nazi party. This led to the Nazi party winning 43.9% of Germany’s vote in March 1933 and gaining 288 seats of Parliament due to proportional representation. On January 30th Hitler became Chancellor of Germany and eighteen months later Germany became a dictatorship.
Hitler faced three main problems in ...view middle of the document...

Hitler then banned all opposition to the Nazi party from the Reichstag meaning in the next election Hitler was the only candidate. Germans had no choice but to vote for Hitler and the Nazi party would inevitably rise to a powerful position.
However, Hitler did not have the support of the Army. With Hindenburg still alive and greatly involved with the Army, the threat of being overthrown by the Army loomed over the Nazi party. Hitler gained the full support of the Army when Ernst Rohm was executed in the Night of the Long Knives. It was feared that Rohm’s ambition was to gain a position of power higher than Hitler. If Hitler chose to support the SA, the Army could potentially have banned the Nazi party from the Reichstag and the Nazi party would lose all powers of control they held . The Army was crucial to further solidify the consolidation of the Nazi Party. The SA was also detested by German society due to the violent tactics they employed, making the German society admire Hitler more by eliminating the SA. But Hitler was also seen as ruthless and the German society and other Nazi members were fearful to betray...

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