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June 28, 1919
Treaty of Versailles
July 31, 1919
September 12, 1919
Germany is forced to sign the Treaty of Versailles, which imposes strict sanctions on the country. Anger at the treaty and the weight of reparations will destabilize Germany for years.
July 29, 1921
A socialist interim German government is replaced by the official creation of the democratic Weimar Republic.
November 9, 1923
Hitler joins the German Workers’ Party, having been sent to spy on it by the military.
July 1, 1925
Hitler is able to become chairman of his party, which is renamed the National Socialist German Workers’ Party, or NSDAP.
Hitler believes the time is right to stage a coup. Aided by a force of SA brownshirts, the support of WW1 leader Erich Ludendorff, and browbeaten locals, he stages the Beer Hall Putsch. It fails.
Hitler publishes "Mein Kampf," a ranting exploration of what passes as his ideology.