Weimar to Hitler, 1919-1945
The period starts with the humiliating Versailles Treaty of 1919 – especially the Allies’ demand for reparations. The situation improved slightly from 1925-1929, but Germany was badly affected by the Great Depression particularly by huge unemployment levels. In this fertile territory the Nazis thrived, and Hitler came to power in 1933.
He consolidated his control rapidly, establishing a dictatorship, repressing his political enemies and initiating the persecution of the Jews. At the same time he defied the Versailles Treaty, remilitarizing the Rhineland, seizing Austria and Czechoslovakia and threatening Poland.
By early September 1939 Germany was at war with both France and Britain. So how had this situation come about following Germany’s defeat in the Great War?
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Edward Towne won Oxford University’s Beit Prize in Imperial History in 2001. He has taught history in schools since 1973 and has contributed to two “A” Level History textbooks: The Tudor Years (Hodder Headline 1994, second edition 2004), and Years of Turmoil, a textbook on seventeenth century England, (Hodder Headline, 1998). He leads study tours to France for the Historical Association and is founding chairman of their Dining Group, which meets in Central London five times a year and has been an Honorary Fellow of the Historical Association since 2011.
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