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

Stresemann controlling inflation, was the main reason behind the success of the Weimar Republic in 1923-1928 do you agree?

Extracts from this document...


?Stresemann controlling inflation, was the main reason behind the success of the Weimar Republic in 1923-1928? do you agree? Stresemann controlling inflation was an important factor behind the success of the Weimar republic in the years 1923-1928 but it was not the main reasons. Other factors for the success include the improved stance on International affairs, Social reforms, Young plan and the Dawes plan. The main reason behind the success of the Weimar Republic in 1923-1928 was the improved stance of Germany within international affairs. One reason why this was so important was because they signed ?The Locarno Pact? of October 1925; this agreed that Germany would accept the boarders with France and Belgium which was specified in the ?Treaty of Versailles? in 1919. The other pacts signed was the Germany agreeing boarders with Poland and Czechoslovakia through the use of Arbitration only, likewise, with France and Belgium to agree a mutual defence act. This showed that Germany was not going to give in easily and didn?t want to agree to everything; giving Germany a more defiant stance among the other countries. ...read more.


These reforms helped many people as the economic climate in Germany was very poor and a lot of people had nothing, this increased the support of the Weimar Republic as the majority of citizens were being helped out. However this is not the most important reason as although this did help people it also upset very important citizens ? the rich. The rich people of Germany was unhappy that 26% of the GDP budget was being spent on the poor and felt it was unfair; this pushed the rich people to go against the Weimar republic, this results in the fact that social reforms weren?t the biggest success of the Weimar Republic. On the other hand, people would argue the ?dawes plan? was the biggest reason for success. This is because this equally made the western powers worried as at the time of hyper-inflation they thought there would be a take over from extremists as many people in Germany were struggling which means they would be attracted to extremist groups; this put the powers in a position in which they needed to help Germany out to save it from extremists and because they wanted there reparations. ...read more.


Firstly Stresemann created a new currency called the ?Rentenmark? which was worth 1000billion marks. This quickly bought inflation under control. However, this was not the most successful factor, this angered the middle and upper class citizens of Germany as due to the new currency being bought in, and it resulted in many of people?s savings being lost who were quickly blaming the Weimar Republic for these actions. This was probably the biggest factor that created anger and hatred towards the Weimar republic. To conclude, the biggest reason for the success of the Weimar Republic through the actions taken by Stresemann was the steps taken within international affairs. This gave Germany the biggest bargaining power over the western powers by signing the treaty of Berlin. Moreover, it was when Germany was accepted by the other countries as they were allowed to join the ?League of Nations?. Overall this was a huge success for Germany as they were progressing to be an alliance with many of the countries that once went against them, this was a more important reason to controlling inflation. ...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. Reasons for Napoleon's Success (to 1807).

    he took - and kept - territory belonging to the strong. His victories were so total that diplomats were unnecessary for the peace negotiations - he could, and did, dictate his own terms on the vanquished. * From 1805 onwards he developed the use of war as une bonne faire (a good thing)

  2. Hitlers Germany

    The great majority of these German refugees filtered into Western Germany. Homeless and without means, they came into the rubble-ridden, half starved and congested West German cities and created a heavy drain on the physical resources of the native population.

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

    Finally, the short-term economic weaknesses damaged the Weimar Republic. As well as the reparations imposed by the Treaty of Versailles, which was blamed on the Weimar government, the Ruhr area was also occupied by the French when the second reparations payment failed.

  2. How far do you agree Communist ideology influenced Stalin's decision to implement Collectivisation in ...

    statement refers to the importance of removing the Kulaks in order to keep the working classes mindful of Communism. In this case Communist ideology greatly influenced Stalin's choice to collectivise in 1928. Certain historians argue Stalin's policies simply consolidated the formation of his own totalitarian regime.

  1. What were the causes of the German hyperinflation of 1923 and what were its ...

    bill was placing enormous pressures on Germany's economy and instead of relieving Germany's financial strain insisted that the government stabilise the value of the mark. Consequently international flight from the German mark became common place as its value began to plummet and this therefore meant that German imports became increasing

  2. Unification of Germany - Factors of Success.

    of the German unification movement. As Bismarck said in 1862, "The great question of the day shall not be decided by speeches?? and resolutions?? of the majority, .... which was proven a failure in 1848, .... but by blood and iron."

  1. How stable was the Weimar Republic 1924-29 ?

    This, of course, affected the elite?s attitude towards the republic as resulting high taxation and comparative redistribution of resources away from the elite reinforced its suspicions of a new democratic system. With having suspicions along the government, how could the government be stable enough if the elites didn?t trust the

  2. Was the work of Gustav Stresemann the main reason for the Weimar governments ability ...

    This negative outlook towards democracy was definitely exacerbated by the imposition of the Treaty of Versailles. From the very outset, the Weimar government had been undermined through its acceptance of The Treaty of Versailles. The Republic therefore became associated with this widely abhorred treaty ? something Germans perceived as outright betrayal.

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