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Power and Propaganda The Nazi Rise to Power While Germany struggled under the massive social and economic burdens left by defeat in World War I a new political ideal began to take hold - one that would eventually rebuild a crumbled economy and motivate a disparaged people Through the use of media and propaganda Adolf Hitler created a totalitarian state unparalleled in the twentieth century His was the first dictatorship in the present period of modern technical development a dictatorship which made complete use of all technical means for domination of its own countryp355 At the end of World War I Germany was punished harshly by the Allies Under the Treaty of Versailles a humiliated Germany was forced to pay heavy reparations to France These payments combined with the economic collapse of the Great Depression opened politics to totalitarian movements such as communism and socialism that began to emerge in the early 1920s Competing with the right-wing communist party it was the skill of Hitler and the National Socialist Workers Party Nazis in the new politics and propaganda that allowed them to exploit most effectively Germans fears and hope to gain powerp358 As stated in the text the Nazis extreme nationalist message capitalised on the Young Plan of 1929 which had failed to reduce the war reparation payments to the Allies so deeply resented by Germans The severity of the Depression also encouraged Germans to look to the strong leadership Hitler claimed to offer p359 As the Nazis climbed to power from the mid-1920s Hitler increasingly monopolised the use of technology for propaganda Much of the funding for the Nazi party came from wealthy opponents of the Young Plan and the Nazis had sufficient funds to exploit modern media completely Through the use of propaganda Hitler became omnipresent dominating German politics Hitler created an image of organisation and leadership He identified the party to voters by adopting the swastika as its symbol and creating
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