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Old November 3rd, 2017, 07:17 PM   #1

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Nazi Party After the Munich Putsch


What happened to the Nazi Party after the Munich Putsch? My prof. said the party was banned in 1923, and then it merged with other parties... which ones?

I'm confused by all of the political parties: NSDAP, NSFP, VSB, DP, DVFP... if someone could explain them as well, that'd be wonderful.

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Well Germany had a multi party parliamentary system where one party didn't control a majority of the seats. Therefore unlike in the US(where I think it's likely you're from seeing your reaction to the multiple political parties) there were parties for every niche group on the political spectrum. The way around this impossibility to get a majority is coalition building whether it be a temporary alliance between major parties to attain a majority or a merging between tiny parties with mostly similar ideology's to make a larger party. What you are referring to is the latter.


The answers to your questions though are easily discoverable with a quick wikipedia search except for the DP(NDSAP should be common knowledge). The good news is these aren't just a bunch of party names and the distinctions between these names are mainly very technical political terminology and if your reaction to those labels is being confused because there's so many parties you should rest assured that there is very little non technical distinction between the terms below they are the Nazi's. Like NSFP was around for about a year and the DVFP was a splinter for about the same time. Appears your prof really cares about the Nazi movement and what was happening within it during the time Hitler was in prison(seems like it would be a somewhat untouched and interesting subtopic in what is probably the most analyzed political party in world history).

NDSAP-The abbreviation for the actual Nazi Party
VSB-not a political party but a coalition of them
DVFP-splinter group from the DNVP which was the furthest right major party before the rise of the Nazi's. Apparently the merger wasn't successful but it doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out almost all of these people and probably the party eventually joined the Nazi Party seeing where they were on the political spectrum.
NSFP-Nazi's were banned after Beer Hall Putsch so this was the legal successor party as the NDSAP was banned. It was basically the NDSAP in all but name and it's only purpose for existing was legality.

So three of the four definitions above basically =Nazi's and the fourth doesn't but is pretty close. Didn't find anything on DP(it's possible you made a typo and meant DPP but they weren't right wing basically the neo liberal or centrist option).

If you're interested in learning about the different major parties of Germany post WWI the simplist rundown I can give is this. Prior to WWI, the radical parties were the Socialists and the Centre Party(which was formed to oppose Bismarcks' anti Catholic policies and tended to do well amongst Catholics in southern Germany), who became the establishment after WWI. The DDP and DVP were the successors to the center left and center right parties of pre war Germany, and the members of the old establishment would mostly be found in these parties, although you'd think after the Socialists moderated they'd take people from the DDP and the same would be true of Centre(at least amongst Catholics) taking people from the DVP. Then you had the Communists on the very far left and the DNVP on the very far right who were eventually surpassed by the Nazi's in this regard near the end of the Weimar Republic. The Nazis and Communists really only started becoming serious players during the final years of the Weimar Republic. 1930 was the first year both hit double digits.
That's my basic rundown of the Weimar Republic's political spectrum.

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Thanks, it makes more sense now. The confusing part wasn't the fact there were several parties, it was all of the abbreviations my prof. was listing in during the lecture.
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