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Power from the people

Paul McGuinness Editor
How did Hitler become so popular in the first place?
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It’s hard for us to comprehend now, but in 1933, the Reichstag (essentially Germany’s parliament) passed an act that allowed the new Chancellor, Adolf Hitler, to enact laws without having to have them approved by anyone else. What seems today like turkeys voting for Christmas was a key moment in the chain of events that would bring the entire world to the brink of destruction. But how did it come to this? Who was this Hitler character anyway, and how had he managed to become so powerful that he had dictatorship bestowed on him? Roger Moorhouse explains all in his enthralling cover feature, which begins on page 28.

By contrast, we have some lighter features elsewhere this month, such as the birth of the modern circus (p40), and the extraordinary history of that most everyday of objects – the toilet (p60). Indeed, one might say we’ve flushed out the best stories for you this issue.

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In this month's issue… Hitler's rise to power How a failed painter on the fringes of local politics managed to hoodwink a nation and become - against all likelihood - the Fürher. Plus: 250 years of the circus; the Kingmaker's comeuppance in the War of the Roses battle of Barnet; famous folk who died broke in spite of their achievements; women who fought against the suffragette movement; and the strangely enthralling history of the toilet. Watch out for X.

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