The Nazi Revolution and the Second World War

  • Geoffrey K. Roberts
Part of the Studies in Comparative Politics book series (STCP)


Hitler came to power constitutionally. The Nazi Party had become the second largest party in the state under the Weimar electoral system. Even the dictatorial powers acquired by Hitler were, initially, acquired by adherence to democratic forms. Yet for all this, the Weimar Republic really ended its existence the day Hitler became Chancellor, and the activities of Hitler and his supporters from then onward amounted to a political revolution.


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© Geoffrey K. Roberts 1972

Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoffrey K. Roberts
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  1. 1.Department of Social Sciences and EconomicsUniversity of TechnologyLoughboroughUK

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