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Gustav Stresemann

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- Why did people vote for Hitler?

From Chancellor to Fuhrer

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Creating a totalitarian state

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- Schacht

- The 2nd 4 Year Plan

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- How successful was the policy of Autarky?

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Education in Nazi Germany

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How Successful was the Policy of Autarky?


Autarky means self-sufficiency. That is when a country provides all its important economic needs and is thus not dependent on imports from other nations.

Hitler considered autarky to be a crucial element in Germany's return to economic, political and military glory and for a country geared towards war. Such a nation would be able to limit the impact and damage inflicted by economic blockade.

Total autarky is almost impossible. Thus, stimulation through state deficit financing and the terms of Goring's 4-Year Plan was designed to alleviate Germany's dependency on other:

* Increase internal production of key commodities - iron, steel, food.
* Develop ersatz - synthetic substitutes - for example Buna (artificial rubber), textiles, using coal to produce oil, etc.


* It took 6 tons of coal to produce 1 ton of oil.
* By 1939 Germany still depended on 33% of it's sufficiency on imports - especially iron ore, oil and rubber.
* Not all the basic mineral resources were in the plentiful supply Germany required.

Assessment: Was Autarky Successful?

Germany certainly did manage to increase internal production, stimulate demand and reduce her dependency on imports but the drive for absolute 100% self-sufficiency was always out of reach.


Essential Revision

Key Issues:

  1. How far did Germany recover under Stresemann?
  2. How did the Nazi party develop, upto 1929?
  3. How did Hitler become Chancellor?
  4. Howdid Hitler create a dictatorship?
  5. What were the main features of Totalitarian rule?
  6. What were the benefits of Nazi rule?

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