I feel like I have some problems answering this question. I want to say that the fall of the German Empire and the fall of the Weimar Republic were the causes for National Socialism, but I don't know how to link it.
Any suggestions would be appreciated!
weimar republic was largly due to the great depression and the treaty of versillies that acted as tools of propaganda for the Nais in order to gain support, those were the big ones, other include communist threat, removal of communist threat, Hitlers trial after the putsch, Im sure there are more, but its been 3yrs, so I'll edit if I can think of more
Alot more to it than that, but in a nut shell thats it. Never studied the German empire though...
It went wrong when England chose the French side in WW1 ==> German defeat ==> anger ==> National-Socialist
The West's handling of Germany after World War One. I believe that Churchill (or Roosevelt) called the Second World War "the pointless war"
The Germans after the Weimar Republic wanted a return to a strong leader like the Kaiser. Cue the mustachioed one.
When Britain didnt pay enough attention on Germany after the 1st world war.
Thank you for your responses!
The Treaty of Versailles was definitely a major catalyst. In all, the German people began to lose faith in a liberal government after WWI and Hitler was able to renew nationalism in their broken society. His dictatorship was wrong, but there is no denying his charisma; he managed to provide Germany with hope, especially among the younger generation. Once he was able to establish power he could practically do whatever.
You could probably go back an awful lot further, but the impact of the First World War certainly had a crippling effect on all levels of German society.
If I had to identify one single factor though, I think there is a fairly strong case to be made for the abandonment of the gold standard as having had a singularly catastrophic long-term impact.
The allies of World War I should've given the Germans economic support. The annexation of countries was due to desperation.