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Did the events of 1923 Make the Weimer Republic Stronger Or Weaker?

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Did the events of 1923 Make the Weimer Republic Stronger Or Weaker? I believe the 1923 was a very important year for the Weimar Republic. The new democratic system government faced some very real challenges to its very existence. Amidst the chaos and political instability of the early years, three very significant events occurred: the Munich Beer Hall Putsch; where Adolf Hitler gave his controversial speech, because of the war debt, Germany decided to simply print more money, which caused a major crisis of Hyperinflation and the invasion of the Ruhr, which caused economic problems. In my opinion, the French occupation of the Ruhr at first caused the Weimer government serious problems. This was because Germany's economy was still very poor and the whole nation was staving, and generally the germens thought it was the job of the government to solve this problem and help get Germanys pride back on track again. ...read more.

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The hyperinflation was very severe. It was amazing at how prices could rise at such a rate. I'm still very astonished to look at the actual rise in price. For example the price of a single egg in 1914 cost 0.9 marks a mere 5 years later; it shot up to 201,000,000,000 marks!!! Peoples savings, which may have took them a lifetime maybe wasn't even worth a cup of coffee anymore! But, then, some people did benefit greatly from the economic disaster - debts were easily paid off. However, in 1923 Gustav Stressman was appointed the chancellor of a new government. He was a very able politician and began to restore the credibility of the government by solving Germanys most urgent problem, hyperinflation. He introduced new currency called the retenmark; the worthless marks were taken in and destroyed. This steadied the economy greatly. During this period of economic and political instability, Adolf Hitler seized the opportunity to stage the Munich Beer Hall Putsch. ...read more.

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So it made The Weimer republic seem stronger to the German who, in turn, looked up to the government the way they used to. In my opinion the problems faced by the Weimar Republic were not insurmountable as in the end they were successfully overcome. However, there is no doubt that they were very serious and at times posed a very real threat to the survival of the republic. Although there were other significant factors, I feel that the evidence suggests that Stressman was a fundamental figure in Weimar's fight for survival. Clearly the events of 1923 were a turning point for the Weimer republic because it seemed as if problems were virtually impossible to overcome and it seemed that there would be no hope for the starving poor country. The government, riots, hyperinflation, war, the treaty, all happened in the space of a decade, but in the end Germany pulled through and united to re-emerge as the strong, independent country it is today. All with the overdue help of the Weimer Government. ...read more.

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