From Disaster to Stability: The Political Context of 1933

  • R. W. Davies


On January 30, 1933, Hitler was appointed Chancellor of the German Reich. Within a few months all political parties were banned, and the trade unions were taken over by the Nazi Labour Front. These events, though accompanied by a fierce anti-Communist campaign, were at first greeted by the Soviet authorities with outward calm and a certain inner complacency. But it soon became apparent that the Nazi victory involved the collapse both of the Comintern’s revolutionary strategy and of the long-established economic and military association between the Soviet Union and Germany.


Trade Union Editorial Board Political Context Central Committee Party Member 
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© R. W. Davies 1996

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