My best source: Lee, Stephen. "HITLER AND NAZI GERMANY." questions and analysis in history (2000).
Germans history has attracted the attention of many historians mainly due to its interesting aspects and the brutality of Adolf Hitler their leader. Stephen Lee gives a meticulous history of Germany in his pdf article HITLER AND NAZI GERMANY. Though recent, the article addresses Nazism during the reign of Hitler. However, my attention was attracted by his 15 page first topic on the rise of Nazism. Several webpages such as “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Hitler%27s_rise_to_power” discusses Nazism but I chose Stephen Lee’s article since it gives not only a detailed analysis of Nazism but also Hitler’s life as a leader and how he spearheaded Nazism during his reign.
Nazi movement originated in Munich before 1919 after the establishment of German Workers’ Party (DAP) which was one of the radical fringes formed after World War 1. Adolf was an impoverished Austrian artist. He had served in the German army. He joined the Nazi movement in November 1919. He was immediately given a responsibility of taking care of the propagandas of the party and in 1920 he drafted a twenty five point program. He also renamed the movement to NSDAP (National Socialist German Workers’ Party). The article gives a detailed account of how Hitler contributed to the rise of Nazism in the name of National Socialism. In his analysis, Stephen Lee is non-biased. The information in the article can therefore be trusted and can be of great help in writing a research paper. Interestingly, the history of Nazism is analyzed since its inception, growth and finally its fall. A research paper that will follow this format in the analysis of Nazism will be chronological and easy to comprehend.
However, Stephen Lee fails to comprehensively cover the classes that were in existence in Germany in the 1920s. He gives a hint that a large proportion of the Nazi supporters were from the middle class. The middle class voted in large numbers in support of DAP. It is their defection from traditions that greatly fueled the Nazi movement. Middle-class thesis of Nazism does not convince all historians. Some are to a divergent opinion. The relationship between Nazism and the working class is still controversial. Its exploitation has not yet been done. However, additional research will be needed to comprehensively address the classes in Germany and their feelings towards Nazism. I believe websites can be of assistance when it comes to this.
The research paper will majorly focus on the rise of Nazism and how it paved way for the rise of dictatorial leadership in Germany. It will also focus on the brutality that Germans went through under the leadership of Hitler. From the several speeches of Hitler that have been documented, it is clear that he was a leader who was out to gain power at the expense of the Germanys and believed so much in socialism as a way of improving the welfare of the masses. It is his over obsession with power that actually led to the fall of Nazism and his failure as a leader.
The research paper should definitely have more sources. At the moment, this is my best source since I believe the chronological analysis of Nazism given is substantial and any conclusion can be deduced from it. It also focuses on Nazism closely. Stephen gives an analysis of Nazism in a more detailed manner that is easy to comprehend than other writers have done. However, additional research on Nazism can still be done from other sources to produce a concrete research paper.
Lee, Stephen. HITLER AND NAZI GERMANY." questions and analysis in history (2000): n. pag. Web. 14 June 2013. http://wnlibrary.org/Portabel%20Documents/H/Hitler/Hitler%20And%20Nazi%20Germany.pdf