tyrants - Matthew Kowatch Dr. Francis HIS 1307 24 April...

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Matthew Kowatch Dr. Francis HIS 1307 24 April 2008 Tyrant Troubles Saddam Hussein, Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez: even in today’s news, we still get headaches from reading about these crazy dictators. We hear all of their ramblings and just stop and wonder, “Who the heck would let these guys gain any kind of power?” Seventy years ago, the world was asking itself the same question concerning Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin. To much of the world, these men were evil lunatics. To many Germans and Soviets, they were great, brilliant men. Both of these men took advantage of troubling times in their countries, and used propaganda, smooth talking, as well as sheer violence in order to gain control of their respective nations. In the early 1930s, Germany was a mess. After the Great War, Germany established a new constitution that destroyed that dictatorship and created a republic in which the German people could now vote for a President. The nation was in a political struggle with 28 different political parties fighting for power. From the time the Great War ended until 1933, Germany had 20 separate governments, the longest lasting for a 2 year stretch (Clare). The constitution, according to many of its citizens, gave the German states too much power, and many chose to ignore orders given by the German President. Many Germans actually missed the dictatorship and having someone to make effective, consistent decisions for the country.
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The country had already been left poor following the Great War. The deutschmark had become so worthless that German citizens would use the paper to wallpaper their house or burn it to heat their homes instead of spending it. It would often require a wheelbarrow full of deutschmarks to buy a single loaf of bread. Hyperinflation had begun and if Germans did not spend their deutschmarks immediately after earning them, they would soon become worthless. With the Great Depression magnifying the distress of the already poor nation, Germany was in utter turmoil. Germany blamed its troubles on the Allie nations from the Great War, whom they
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This note was uploaded on 04/30/2008 for the course HIS 1307 taught by Professor Gawrich during the Spring '08 term at Baylor.

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tyrants - Matthew Kowatch Dr. Francis HIS 1307 24 April...

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