Germany 1918-39 Module 2: Hitler’s rise to power, 1919–33


In this module you will revise;


  1. Early development of the Nazi Party, 1920–22 (Hitler’s early career: joining the German Workers’ Party and setting up the Nazi Party, 1919–20. The early growth and features of the Party. The Twenty-Five Point Programme. The role of the SA.)

  2. The Munich Putsch and the lean years, 1923–29 (The reasons for, events and consequences of the Munich Putsch. Reasons for limited support for the Nazi Party, 1924–28. Party reorganisation and Mein Kampf. The Bamberg Conference of 1926)

  3. The growth in support for the Nazis, 1929–32 (The growth of unemployment – its causes and impact. The failure of successive Weimar governments to deal with unemployment from 1929 to January 1933. The growth of support for the Communist Party. Reasons for the growth in support for the Nazi Party, including the appeal of Hitler and the Nazis, the effects of propaganda and the work of the SA)

  4. How Hitler became Chancellor, 1932–33 (Political developments in 1932. The roles of Hindenburg, Brüning, von Papen and von Schleicher. The part played by Hindenburg and von Papen in Hitler becoming Chancellor in 1933.