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Weimar Republic The Weimar Republic Was An Overall Failure And Created The Right Social, Political And Economic Conditions For The Rise Of Extremist Groups Like The Nazi Party

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The Weimar Republic!Even though the Weimar Republic had a high point from 1924-1929, it was overall a failure and created the right social, political and economic conditions for the rise of extremist groups like the Nazi party.There were many factors that contributed to the failure of the Weimar Republic of Germany. These includedThe unresolved defeat of Germany 1918 in WW1- where the German government signed an armistice on behalf of Germany; many people felt that they had been stabbed in the back by these politicians as they thought they were winning the war.Resentment against the government for the signing of the Versailles Treaty (meaning Germany carried the guilt for the war and had to ...view middle of the document...

The Social Democrats then announced that there would be a setting up of a German republic, which they would run in coalition with other socialist parties, and on November the 11th, 1918, an armistice was agreed between Germany and the allies.Now- with the Weimar Republic established, although the Social Democrats were in charge- they were not in control, and the new Republic was lacking support and Germany was unstable. Communist groups, including the Spartacus league, tried to set up a government like that in the Soviet Union. The Social Democrats used the army to squash opposition to the party, and in 1919- thousands of political opponents were killed. The spectre of the Treaty of Versailles still hung over the head of Germans. Many of them felt the government had betrayed the people by surrendering to the Allies, and there were many attempts to overthrow the government. It was while Germany was in an unstable state that the extremist parties gained votes. In the Golden years 1924-1929, extremist parties gained little votes. After the depression of 1929- the countries economy collapsed and the Nazi party gathered many votes- while spreading the news that they were going to make Germany great once again. Meanwhile, the Weimar government was failing to agree on policies- leading to the president passing policies without the approval of the Reichstag. This led the country into further turmoil. The German people were seeking a party to extract them from the chaos- and the Nazi party was the perfect people to do it.Because of the fragile condition of the Weimar republic, the Nazis had become dominant through their tactics, promises, technology and propaganda used to gain the support of the people- using the dire situation to the best of their ability, yet the Weimar government was doing nothing. The Weimar government was weak and lost most of its support, which added to the dominance of the Nazis and other extremist parties.EconomyAs a condition of the Versailles Treaty, Germany was forced to pay reparations to the winning countries of the war. Germany was forced to pay 226 billion dollars in gold back to the victorious countries- this was much harsher than they had expected, and realistically, Germany had no means of paying this back. Seeing this, France decided to occupy an area called the Ruhr.The German people were humiliated by this and led a passive resistance- in that they did not work and tried to sabotage production under French control. The government fully supported this passive resistance- but because of the vast reparations, and the produce that was being lost (much of Germany was dying from starvation, and there were extreme food shortages), Germany could not afford to pay for it, so resorted to just printing of more money. This resulted in inflation, which led to violent uprisings and hostilities towards the Republic and democratic system, and the constant printing off of money led to extreme hyperinflation- life savings were lost...

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