While the systematized structure of the Nazi Party was essential to its initial success, once its power had effectively been consolidated the roles of many party members became indistinct and as a result, it was Hitler’s position as a uniting force which permitted the union to provoke changes in German society in the ensuing six year period. This is overwhelmingly evident in Kershaw’s assertion that “… the adulation of Hitler by millions of Germans who may otherwise have been only marginally committed to the Nazi ideology… was a crucial element of political integration in the Third Reich”. To the German citizen, Hitler exemplified the national will and was perceived as the force that would unite Germany under strong leadership and nationalistic ideals, permitting the disgrace that was experienced as a result of the defeat during WWI to be overlooked. Consequently, the ‘Fuhrer myth’ was proliferated through the means of propaganda, serving to promote Hitler as a heroic leader who should be trusted unconditionally, this providing the means through which complete social control of Germany could be gained with the subsequent introduction of Volksgemeinschalft; the creation a amalgamated and totally submissive Aryan race. While that Nazi Government is often labelled as dictatorial in nature, Bullock contends that it was truly polycratic, and therefore particularly disordered. Competition and contention were widespread within the party’s management, a situation which Hitler himself fortified, since it assured that “they [his rivals] did not join together to plot against him, and.. ensure[d] that no one person got too much power”, efficiency in creating lasting change within German society, since Hitler’s failure to provide clear direction resulted in what Bullock refers to as “authoritarian anarchy” and “administrative chaos”.
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