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Did the Weimar Republic have a good beginning?

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Did the Weimar Republic have a good beginning? First impressions are always the most important, especially when it comes to running a country. With one good move, you could have the support and respect of everyone, with one mistake you could loose everything. In this essay I will try to show that the Weimar Republic didn't have a very good beginning. After the war ended in 1918 and the Kaiser abdicated the thrown, things got particularly hard for the German people. A new way of life was forced upon them as a result of the Treaty of Versailles. It was the Weimar politicians that had to sort out the problems. The people of Germany had a democracy forced upon them by the Allies. Although they didn't really have much choice, this was the first mistake that was made. The fact was that the Weimar Republic was a democracy, forced upon a country which wasn't used to democracy and didn't really want it, or know how to run it. Looking at the base on which the Weimar Republic was built, even before any major threats beset the Republic, it was already unstable. Since Germany had never been run by a Democratic system, the people of Germany weren't at all sure what to think. They couldn't decide for themselves whether the Democratic way of life would suit them, and make their lives better, or whether it would make everything worse. They were all so used to having a Monarch, being told what to think and who to support, now they had freedom of speech, freedom of religion, they could be themselves. ...read more.

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This inspired many political groups to take action against the government, and against Ebert. By giving the sailors what they wanted, he had shown his weaknesses. Now people knew that if they pressed the right buttons, they could break Ebert, and get what they wanted. The Spartacists wanted Germany to be run by councils. They thought that Lenin was running Russia in this way, and so wanted to live under this system too. They were supported by the sailors, and some members of the working class as they were an extreme left wing party, they believed that everyone should have the same rights and privileges as everyone else. Obviously this favoured the working class, and people who had lost their jobs after the war, because they would be equal members of society rather than people who were taken for granted. They wanted to rule Germany their way. They had seen that by using force, Ebert had no choice but to give in, they thought this would also work for them. On December 30th came yet another threat to Ebert's authority. The Spartacists renamed themselves as the German Communist Party. They announced to the people of Germany their plans of a Communist take-over of Germany. This worried Ebert and the government because they could not stop the Communist party on their own. They had no means in which to stop them. They were probably very worried about their reputation and their power. If the Communist party succeeded in overthrowing the government, Germany would be turned into a Communist country. On January 6th 1910, the Communist party began their attempt to overthrow the government. ...read more.

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Pensions became worthless, pensioners on fixed incomes suffered, as their pensions were worthless. Restaurants didn't bother to print menus, as by the time the food would arrive, the price would go up. The poor people of Germany, became even poorer. In the winter of 1923, many people lived in freezing conditions, they burnt furniture in order to get some heat. The rich people of Germany suffered the least, as they could grow food on land they owned, or some had contacts who would get food for them. The middle class suffered the most; they had probably worked hard to earn their money, and put a good deal of it away, now it was worthless, and they had nothing to fall back on. It was a lot of these people that joined the Nazi party. Hyperinflation and reparations brought Germany to a stand still. The mark was worthless, people had lost a great deal, everyone was angry, and they blamed the Weimar politicians for this. The Weimar Republic had supposedly cost Germany it's pride, it's money and a lot of it's business. In conclusion, the Weimar Republic was anything but good. Throughout his reign as president, Friedrich Ebert was faced with nothing but constant challenges, be it political, economical or social. Although he did try his best to keep Germany in order, his best just wasn't good enough. He proved time and time again that he didn't have what it took to be a successful leader, and that Weimar didn't have what the people wanted. The Weimar Republic left Germany in a state of ruin. There wasn't one highlight of the Weimar Republic, so there is no way that I could say the Weimar Republic had a good beginning. ...read more.

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