Adolf Hitler's Rise to Power is a frequently searched topic on Google and YouTube, but until this week, there was little to be found in terms of an academic lecture on the subject. This week, I released a half hour lecture on Hitler's Rise to Power that is divided into three parts and is availabe on my YouTube channel.
Hitler and the Nazi Party
Nazi propaganda often depicted idealized forms of storm troopers and workers in addition to spreading messages of Germany's liberation from Jewish oppressors and foreign powers. Even with the help of its massive propaganda arm, the National Socialists posted a pitiful ninth place finish in the 1928 election. During the "Golden Age" of the Weimar Republic, the vast majority voters were not at all receptive to the Nazi Party's radical message. However, that would change with the onset of the Great Depression in 1929.
Hitler as Chancellor of Germany
Hitler's final move was to pass the Enabling Act, a constitutional amendment that allowed Hitler and his cabinet to dictate laws without the approval of the Reichstag. The Enabling Act required 2/3 of those present to pass, which the Nazis achieved by invalidating the seats held by arrested Communists and by securing the support of the Catholic parties (presumably by promising to protect the rights of German Catholics and Catholic schools) and the German National People's Party. Only the Social Democrats voted in opposition. The following year, Hitler succeeded in dissolving all other political parties and placed himself at the head of a single party state.
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