The road to power

The Nazi Party began the 1920s by attempting to seize power by force. By the middle of the decade, their aim had changed to achieving power through election into office.

Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany in 1933 after the Nazis won a great deal of seats in the Reichstag.

The reasons for this increase in popularity and rise to power can be attributed to:

  • major issues within the Weimar government
  • resentment towards the Treaty of Versailles
  • social and economic division
  • economic difficulties
  • the appeal of the Nazis
  • the role of Hitler
  • weaknesses and mistakes of opponents