• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How stable was the Weimar Republic 1924-29 ?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

´╗┐How stable was the Weimar Republic 1924-29 ________________ The real increase in prosperity experienced by many, and the cultural vitality of the period, gave support to the view that these years were indeed the ?golden years?. However, historians have generally tended to question this stability because it was in fact limited in scope therefore these years could be seen as ?deceptive stability? also. Any disruption to the world?s trade or finance markets was bound to have a particularly damaging effect on the uncertain German economy. In reality, the middle years of the Weimar Republic were stable only in comparison with the other periods before and after. Weimar?s condition suggests that the fundamental problems inherited from war and the crisis has not been resolved. They persisted, do that the crisis set in during 1929-30 the Weimar republic did not probe strong enough to withstand the storm. Politically, Germany was quite stable after 1923 as it had become more peaceful: there were no attempted coups from the right or left in 1924-29, no major political figures were assassinated; extremists did not gain mass support. The elections gave some encouraging signs to supporters of the republic as there was an actual rise in votes and it seemed like most of the German population was in agreement with having a republic as when the economic situation stabilized in 1924, the Germans were able to switch back to voting for the main democratic parties. ...read more.

Middle

Versailles were brought out (hence the ?passive resistance? and refusal of paying the reparations in the Ruhr when the French and Belgians invaded) and with national disturbance means a government disturbance. The economy was still reliant and heavily dependent on the short-term American loans which was very dangerous in the sense that if America ever got into trouble (which it did in 1929), when America falls, so would Germany. Even though the production levels were increasing, Germany was still lagging behind all the other countries which made the nation feel that they were not progressing blaming it on the republic. Unemployment remained around 1 million because of the sacking of workers to try and get the economy in control as with les workers it meant less money to give them for their work. This of course had a drastic effect on the unemployed as without a job there was no way of supporting their family as there was no financial security. These unemployed, struggling people would then vote for a party who said they would get everybody a job hence voting for the NSDAP (the right wing) which went against the republic causing instability within the government as more anti-Weimar parties were slowly being voted in which caused unrest in the government resulting in instability. ...read more.

Conclusion

Weimar society was becoming increasingly polarized before the onset of the political and economic crisis in 1929 and reinforced their hostility to the regime which proved Germany was instable and could not manage this change in Germany. It is apparent that whilst in comparison to the turbulent years of 1919-23 the mid to late 1920s did not provide the depth of stability the Republic needed to survive the severe economic and political conditions of the early 1930s. Economic recovery simply was not good enough and lacked the structural integrity to withstand recession whilst Germany itself through its extensive loans with America was too exposed to the collapse of the American economy. Politically, the Weimar republic had been hampered by a variety of relatively weak coalition governments. Whilst there might have been support for the Republic there was no real love for it among the German people and this was shown in the election of the traditional president, General Hindenburg, in 1925 and again in 1932. When the republic faced a real crisis the support for it too easily dissipated and suggests that the stability the republic enjoyed in the mid-late 1920s was superficial despite the work of Stresemann in restoring Germany to the diplomatic fold. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Modern European History, 1789-1945 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Modern European History, 1789-1945 essays

  1. Assess the reasons why the Weimar Republic faced so many problems in the 1920s

    Chancellor Schneidermann resigned, but since the military was so weak, Chancellor Baver was forced to accept the Treaty. President Ebert made an address to the Weimar assembly in February 1919 saying "We have lost the war.

  2. Assess the reasons why the 2nd Republic was so short lived.

    and thus vote against the Socialists. The election results for the now 'Executive Committee' reflected this, with 5 moderate Republicans, and no Socialists. The situation was not dissimilar to that in the period Louis Philippe and much of the constituent in the Assembly were lawyers, professionals and landowners.

  1. How Serious Were The Problems Facing The Weimar Republic In The Years 1919-23?

    There were several right wing uprisings including the Kapp Putsch. 5000 Freikorp troops marched to Berlin and took over the Reichstag building. The government used to force to disband them. This could've been a serious threat to the Weimar republic.

  2. Causes of show trials + purges of 1930s.

    a famine was created to show the peasants, "who is master here". 25. 7 million were said to have died due to the famine, but that was only half of the final human cost of the collectivisation campaign. 26. An estimate of 6.5 million died in the extermination of the kulaks.

  1. How far was there economic and political stability in Germany in the years 1924-29?

    Stresemann's initial actions therefore acted as the catalyst, catapulting Germany away from the previous crisis in order to slowly rebuild and improve its damaged economy and relations as a country, under his leadership. Foundations were set down in order to rebuild Germany and establish both political and economic stability, through

  2. Hitlers Germany

    Within the Nazi party one group in particular, the SA, favored a return to the path of revolution. Indeed, in April 1931 a group of SA leaders in Pomerania reproached Hitler thus: "the NSDAP had departed from the revolutionary course of true National Socialism for Germany's freedom, had pursued the

  1. How and why did the Weimar Governments collapse between October 1929 and January 1933?

    The drawing in of these loans by the suffering America returned Germany to a state almost as dire as before, proving Gustav Stresemann's prediction correct: "The economic position is only flourishing on the surface.

  2. The Impact of Stalins Leadership in the USSR, 1924 1941. Extensive notes

    The private enterprise part meant that some people were making a profit out of other?s labour. This went against the principle of public good and of Socialism. 2. Economic divisions meant class differences increased: the new bourgeoisie were formed (these people were enemies of Socialism).

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work