Question 1: Describe the problems faced by the Weimar Republic.
Answer: Weimar Republic was facing following problems:
Question 2: Discuss why Nazism became popular in Germany by 1930.
Answer: Most of the German were not happy with the way the Weimar Republic meekly surrendered to the clauses of the Versailles Treaty. Heavy burden of war-time reparations led to all around poverty and economic hardships for people. Hitler projected himself as the messiah who could cure all the ills of Germany. He used oratory skills and symbolism to great effect. These were the reasons of growing popularity of Nazism in Germany by 1930.
Question 3: What are the peculiar features of Nazi thinking?
Answer: Following are the characteristic features of Nazi ideology:
Question 4: Explain why Nazi propaganda was effective in creating a hatred for Jews.
Answer: The Nazi used the media and language with great care and to great effect. They used films, radio, banners, posters and rituals to propagate hatred against the Jews. Moreover, the long tradition of stereotyping the Jews helped the Nazis in increasing a feeling of hatred against the Jews.
Question 5: Explain what role women had in Nazi society. Return to Chapter 1 on the French Revolution. Write a paragraph comparing and contrasting the role of women in the two periods.
Answer: Women did not play an active role in the Nazi society. Hitler believed that a woman’s duty was to bear ‘racially pure’ children and to do her domestic duties. On the other hand, women played good role in the French Revolution. Many women led the suffragate movement to ensure voting rights for women. It can be said that while women played an active role in the French Revolution, they were the passive spectators in the Nazi society.
Question 6: In what ways did the Nazi state seek to establish total control over its people?
Answer: The Nazis took following steps to get full control on the people:
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