Topic 3: The rise and rule of single-party states

11. To what extent was the rise to power of either Hitler or Mao due to personal appeal and ability?
EMily Finley
1. Intro
a. Hitler was charismatic and good at addressing a crowd
b. He had the ability to captivate the German people and convince them of his ideas
c. His rise was largely due to his personal appeal to the people.
2. Personal appeal
a. Able to relate with a crowd, with the individuals of the crowd
b. He built himself up to be one that could do no wrong
c. Able to mold an audience to believe what he did and to see the shining future with these beliefs
d. He was a captivating speaker
3. Political Ability
a. He was able to sway millions of people to his beliefs
b. Great depression was the turning point for his popularity
4. Conclusion
a. Hitler was a very charismatic character who was able to charm a crowd which largely contributed to his rise.

Nate Harmon
1) Intro
a) Hitler’s rise to power to primarily due to his personal appeal
b) Proposed solutions to problems
c) Cared for country
2) Domestic
a) Wanted a unified race
b) Saw Jews had money
c) Wanted Germans to be prosperous
d) Lebenzbourn program
e) Rebuilt army
f) Rebuilt economy
3) Foreign
a) Made treaty with Russia
b) No opposition from Britin or France
c) Gained much land
4) Personal
a) Great speaker
b) Had great ideas
c) Got rid of opposition
d) Gave people pride in their race
5) Conclusion
a) Hitler while being a horrible person had a large personal appeal to his people, which helped him rise to and hold on to power.

I. Introduction – Mao took control of the People’s Republic of China in 1949 as leader of the Communist Party of China (CPC). While Mao claimed to be an enemy of the rich and an ally of the impoverished, he was not a truly loved leader. He attained his position largely on his ability to rule the country.
II. Personal Appeal
a. Not afraid – believed that “If you don't think about it, you won't sink. If you do, you will." – if you are not afraid you won’t fail
b. Portrayed himself as an enemy of landowners, businessmen, and Western and American imperialism, as well as an ally of impoverished peasants, farmers and workers
i. Although he did not grow up as a peasant and was raised in a wealthy family
III. Ability
a. Co-founder of the CPC – knew the ideologies very well
b. Persuasive – convinced the people that the Great Leap Forward was necessary
c. Ruthless – like Stalin, he was not opposed to enacting policies that could result in the deaths of citizens (famine caused by the Great Leap Forward, Cultural Revolution)
IV. Conclusion

Lesa K.
• Gifted orator – gifted at telling the people what they wanted to hear
• He kept thousands aroused by speaking of the great future of Germany while also fueling hatred towards the Jews and the Communists
• Massive Nazi rallies – onset the process of self- persuasion and strengthened the participants’ commitment to the Nazi movement
• Hitler attended various public events to gain popularity
• Great Depression – fall of 1929/stock market crash… helped bring Hitler to power

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