Nazism in Germany

 Nazism in Germany

The roots of Nazism are generally based on various political cultures of Europe. This got circulated in several intellectual capitals of the continent. According to Joachim Fest, it was termed as a "scrapheap of ideas"


Nazism has its roots peculiarly in Germany. It had been traced as part of Prussian tradition that was developed by Frederick William I, Otto von Bismark and Federick the Great. They had shown a military spirit and had created a line of discipline in the Prussian army. It had set a model for all civic life. The addition of political romanticism and sharp rationalism has underlined the principles of the French Revolution. These German traditions had influenced the viewpoint of Hitler. Despite these several Austrian movements professed political sentiments and that led to his childhood sufferings. The hatred against Jews, slaves’ contentment and his furious nationalism was the result of his traumatic experience. 

What is Nazism

Nazism can also be termed as National Socialism derived from National Socialist German Workers Party or NSDAP in Nazi situated in Germany. Nazism can be defined as the political ideology that evolved in the nineteenth century of the racialist movement. It has been documented as the cause of Germany’s defeat in World War I and the evolution of Fascism in Germany. Hitler had defined the regime of Nazism in Germany. The genocide campaign has seen the activity of authoritarian, violent, anti-Semitic and radical murders. During the post-war period, terrorists and extremist activity exploited technological and political development for exercising influence. The Nazois got syringe influenced by the condition after World War I and believed in anti-Semitism, antu-Marxism and ant liberalism. 

In 1929 the Nazi party evolved to be the major political power in Germany. Hitler has been said to be the most individual contributor to the Nazism practice and solely contributed to the theory. He had a better understanding of mass propaganda and mass psychology. The common denominator of Hitler was Jewish people whom he identified as evil and bolshevism. The basis of Nazism was profound inequality in humans and has defined the fact that strong people had the right to rule the weak. The henceforth political competition got reduced, advancement of ferocity and hardness in life and suppressing social and religious institutions. With a span of 20 years Hitler had led his party to a dominant position. 

Nazism in Germany

Post world war situation in Germany was terrible. There had been several crises in society, politics and economics. Amid such conditions, Hitler rose to power. In 1923 Hitler planned to capture Bavaria and marched to Berlin to capture power. But as he failed he was treason and released later. It was documented that Hitler was determined as a powerful speaker. His words and passion for the nation affect people. He had promised the people to build a strong nation and restore the dignity of the German people by undoing the Versailles Treaty injustice. The mass mobilisation was noted in Germany. Nazis had organised several meetings and rallies for demonstrating support to Hitler. Hitler had been skilfully projected as a saviour who had rescued people from severe distress. The slogan that was set for demonstrating Nazism clearly stated that one leader will control the whole emperor. The rearmament of Hitler had affected the nation amid the economic crisis. Capital had been invested despite the economic crises of the nation. 

Ideology of Nazism

The ideology of Nazsim is generally based on ten principles. These principles are as follows: Authoritarianism, Totalitarianism, Nationalism, Militarism, Expansionism, third way, economic sovereignty, traditional values, theories of racialism and people’s community. Authoritarianism can be defined as a policy where nazis had believed that the lack of imposing power in government willed to its failure. Whatever decision should be taken by a leader has to be followed by common people. No other political parties should be entertained. People having other social influences were abolished or restricted. Following the Nazis, the government has full authority for controlling unions, press, civil liberation, education management and propaganda of employees. Thus denoted totalitarianism. 

In order to consider nationalism perspectives Nazis had shown no interest in building international relations rather than trying to the satisfied national interest. Hitler had not shown any respect to abiding by existing international treaties except the conditions that can serve their interest. The defence of the nation can be made strong by expanding the army of Germany and following the concept of rearming that has been against the treaty of Versailles. In order to unify the Aryan people of Europe who used to speak German, Hitler had planned to seize living space from non-Aryan people of Russia, Czechoslovakia and Poland. Hitler had rejected democracy as for him democratic government was indecisive and was prone to destruction. The Nazis had focused on the prosperity and economic power of the nation where unemployed people were put to work for benefit of the state. As dictatorship is prioritised, the state would decide the management of the economy including allocation of labour and resources. 


In 1930 the Nazi party rose to power by winning around 107 seats in the Parliament of Germany situated in the Reichstag. With 230 representatives, it had established itself as one of the largest political parties. The Weimar Republic in its final year failed to attain a majority in parliament. The Nazioarty had been severely benefited due to the ongoing economic and political stability along with dissatisfaction of voters. As a result of such conditions Hitler was appointed as the chancellor and had paved the path of dictatorship.