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The War-Torn Economy of Europe and Effects of the Great Depression

The Economy of the early 1920's in Germany.
...An overview of Germany's economy following World War I...

The Effects of the Treaty of Versailles On German Economy

Hitler and the NSDAP (Nazi Party) from 1925 - 1930

Upon Hitler's release from his imprisonment due to the Beer Hall Putsch, he found that, while he had been away and allowed the Nazi party to deteriorate, the economy of the Weimar Republic had steadily improved. The Dawes Plan, a series of loans to European nations made by American banker Charles Dawes, had allowed Germany to begin making reparation payments as outlined in the Treaty of Versailles. Further, the new money coming in was creating comfort and prosperity among the upper classes while Hitler was prophesing another inflation. Rather than listen to Hitler's predictions, which were gloomy to say the least, the people of Germany revelled in their new economic comfort.
This period of German economic prosperity continued steadily for five years, until 1929. However, Nazi propaganda began to hit home for agrarian workers in the year of 1927 with an agricultural depression of far-reaching breadth. This enabled Hitler to gain support for the Nazis by targetting the peasants for his propaganda and calling them the true blood of the German nation. Blaming the traditional Nazi enemies, the Marxists and Jews, for the depression, Hitler jumped on the opportunity to rally the masses behind the Nazi cause. This appeal, while aimed primarily at the economically challenged peasant farmers, also drew support from the middle classes, however. The Nazi platform of strong German nationalism was appealing to all of the citizens of a country who had for so long been based on pride, and who had been humiliated by the June 1919 signing of the Treaty of Versailles.
In October of 1929, an event occurred that would severely damage the wide spread feeling of security, and also further the possibility of a rise in Nazi influence. The crash of the New York stock market broke the back of a highly dependent economy, and led to an absolute shift in paradigms in Weimar Germany.

The Stock Market Crash and the Great Depression World Wide
...The Dawes Plan, the Crash of the Stock Market, and the Economic disaster in Germany...

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