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Economic problems were the main reason the governments of the Weimar era failed Discuss.

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"Economic problems were the main reason the governments of the Weimar era failed" Discuss. During the Weimar era there were much economic problems in Germany; many historians claim that this was the main reason for the failure of the governments of Weimar. The economic problems in Germany began directly after WWI, when the treaty of Versailles was signed. The treaty was deemed by many Germans as a punishing and degrading document, because it forced them to give up areas that were rich in resources and forced them to pay massive reparation payments. While precise figure the Germans were expected to pay in unknown, the figure was huge and the Germans struggled to pay the large bill. ...read more.

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In October 1929 the Wall Street crash occurred, which led to a worldwide recession. This particularly effected the Weimar government because they were so dependent on loans from American banks. The crash led Germany being made to repay its loans to the United States. The Wall Street crash had a devastating effect to the already fragile economic state in the Weimar republic. In the great depression following the Wall Street crash many people suffered. People could not afford to live in proper conditions and had little money for necessities such as food. Although the economic problems in Germany were a huge factor in the failure of the Weimar government it was not the only reason for the failure. ...read more.

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To conclude I believe that the economic problems Germany had during this period was the reason for the failing of the Weimar government. There was much unrest within the German community about the economic situation and many people wanted to see a new constitution to replace the Weimar government. There were big problems with the structure and constitution of the Weimar government that made the government a weak system, as well as the economic problems. Also many German people were already unhappy with the current political system as it wasn't traditional of what had previously been set up in Germany and many saw it as a system that took away German prestige. Despite the problems within the government and constitution I believe the main problems with the Weimar government were the economic problems that plagued Germany for many years, and could not be solved by the Weimar government. Bethan Colborne History ...read more.

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