QUESTION @ TO WHAT EXTENT DID THE NAZIS SUCCEED IN BRINGING ABOUT A SOCIAL REVOLUTION BETWEEN 1933 AND 1939?
On the 30th January 1933 President Hindenburg offered Adolf Hitler, the leader of the National Socialist Party, the position, Chancellor of Germany.From this day forward, the future of Germany was to radically change.The question, whether the Nazis succeeded in bringing about a social revolution poses many different questions.Such as the impact of the Third Reich on the youth, attitudes to women, and also how the Nazis economic policies affected different classes.However, to assess whether a revolution came about, you need to see what came before the years 1933 to 1939.Acomparison with the Weimar republic needs to be made to measure the extent of the change.
The years of the Weimar Republic saw the setting up of a democratic government with all Germans given equal rights including the right to vote.During the later years of Weimar, the Dawes plan did much to restore confidence in the German economy and investment came in from the USA especially.This meant that new houses, roads and public facilities could be built.Wages rose in real terms every year from 1924-30 and working hours were shortened.Women were given more equality and some were elected to the Reichstag.Germans saw the Weimar Republic bringing about many radical changes but in the case of Nazi ideologies, a return to past traditional values was demanded.Hitler disliked the industrial society and loved the idea of a return to a more rural way of life.However he realised that without industry and mass production, rearmament would not be possible, as this was one of his main aims he had accept it.
One historian, Ralf Dahrendorf claimed that the revolution that took place between the years of 1933 and 1939 was one of modernity and that National Socialism had completed the social revolution which had been held up by Weimar Germany.Centra…