Rise of Nazism

After the end of the First World War, many actions were taken which indirectly lead to the rise of the Nazi party in Germany. Many of the events include the Treaty of Versailles, problems the government of Germany came across, the "stab in the back" theory, and the depression. This paper will talk about these events which occurred and how they correspond to the rise of the German Nazi party.
One of the agreements at the Treaty of Versailles was that the industrial heartland of Germany, the Saarland, was to be worked by the Germans for the benefit of France for 15 years (http://www.lib.byu.edu/~rdh/wwi/versailles.html). With the Saarland gone it would prove more difficult for the Germans to supply iron & coal to their industry and armed forces, as the main product of the Saarland was iron and coal. This clause had a duel effect as it made German rearmament less likely; it also made repayment of reparations less likely. The effective removal of the Saarland from German industry made the Weimar Republic's position in Germany weaker.
From the very start, the Weimar republic faced opposition from both sides of the political spectrum. There was potential for the reintroduction of a monarch, or even a communist state, and several attempted revolutions occurred. The public blamed their problems on the Treaty of Versailles, and in turn, blamed the government that signed it. The new government had inherited a difficult situation. It was inevitable that the new government would have faced difficulties from the start.
The republic was beginning to overcome its difficulties during the mid 1920’s as economic, political, and cultural improvements were occurring, and if it hadn’t been for circumstances, mainly the Wall Street Crash, the republic may have prospered for many years. These circumstances gave the extremists, the Nazi’s, an opportunity for advancement as the people searched for a more radical solution to the depressio…


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