The Nazi Party is how the ruling (and only) party in the Third Reich is popularly referred to in the English-speaking world. The party itself, however, never referred to itself by that name because the term "Nazi" was a derogatory one coined by anti-Nazis. The full name of the party was Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei i.e. National Socialist German Workers' Party. In German-language historical texts the party is usually referred to by its German-language initials NSDAP.

The Nazi party, or NSDAP, was founded in 1919, originally as Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (DAP). Adolf Hitler soon became its dominant figure and by 1921 was its president and leader (F├╝hrer). The internal organization of the NSDAP followed the F├╝hrerprinzip, or principle of personal authority of the designated leader at all levels, a pervasive principle of Nazism that after 1933 was also implemented in the institutions of the state and in the institutions that replaced the previous institutions of civil society. The party came to power over the whole of Germany after Hitler was appointed Chancellor on 30 January 1933. All other political parties were abolished by 14 July 1933.

The Nazi party (NSDAP) was abolished by the Allies after the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945, and designated a criminal organization in the Nuremberg trials and remains abolished in Germany.

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Nazi Party (NSDAP)
A history of the party in the 1920s and early 1930s, with texts from contemporary leaflets and news articles and a table of the representation of parties in the Reichstag from 1920 to 1933.
Nazi Propaganda (Pre-1933 Material)
Translations of Nazi propaganda material from the period before Hitler took power including a large selection of work by Joseph Goebbels.
Organisation of the NSDAP
A chart of the Nazi Party's hierarchy.
The Organization of the Nazi Party and State
Document examining the structure of the party and its affiliated organizations and its integration with the state.
Program of the National Socialist German Workers' Party
Program of the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NSDAP) from the Avalon Project.
Regions of the NSDAP, National Regions 1935-1945 (Germany)
A number of regional flags and emblems of the Nazi Party and its officials, from Flags of the World.
The Rise of the Nazi Party
Timeline annotated with notes, photographs and links.
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