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Noakes and Pridham have called the August-December period of 1932 the crisis months in the Nazis struggle for power However there are also many other contributing factors prior to this which are very much concerned with Hitlers final seizure of power in January 1933 History has proved that dramatic change comes only through both strong revolutionaries and more importantly weak or unpopular existing rulers So how far was Hitler and his party responsible for their rise to power and how much of the blame must be put on the leaders of the Weimar Republic This essay aims to identify the key factors in Hitlers rise to power both in his own successes and in the governments short-comings and why they were important to it The election of May 1928 had resulted in unexpected defeat for the NSDAP 100000 fewer votes than in 1924 and only 12 seats Now the strategy had to change Hitler called for a switch in priorities from the cities to the countryside Bullock In the autumn of 1928 the party assumed its first role in national politics with its campaign against the Young Plan in alliance with Hugenburg and the DNVP The depression was beginning to add to the growing crisis of the bourgeois parties and Hitler saw that this was his chance Nazi appeals for unity and authority in the state proved successful in the unnecessary election unwisely called by Bruning the new chancellor in September 1930 The Nazis gained 186 of the popular vote securing 107 seats and becoming the second largest party in the Reichstag Hitlers party had made its breakthrough into national politics now he had to find a way to convert popular support into a national Socialist government led by himself As Bullock suggests he could use his popular support to press
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