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Tamanna Ullah 10SL Mr Roaf History The Recovery Of The Weimar Republic Germany began their road to recovery with a series of improvements in their economy, foreign policies and politics. Streseman negotiated the Dawes Plan / Loan, started to work with other countries and stabilised the government and politics. However, despite his success there remained a number of problems such as Germany was heavily dependent on USA for money. In addition, although he worked with other countries there remained a lot of mistrust. Finally even though he stabilised the government the Weimar Republic remained very unpopular with the German people. Stresemann was a leading member of every government from 1923 to 1929. The fact that the rest of Europe was finally coming out of post-war depression also gave him support. Under the Dawes Plan reparation payments were spread over a longer period, and 800 million marks in loans from the USA poured into German industry. ...read more.


The main losers were the peasant farmers and the middle class people. The peasant farmers had increased population during the war. They had mortgages to pay but not enough demand for the food they produced. Many small business owners were disappointed during this period. Small shopkeepers saw their businesses threatened by the large department stores. A university lecturer in 1913 earned ten times as much as a coal miner. In the 1920's he earned twice as much. These people began to feel that the Weimar government offered them little. Stresemann's greatest triumphs were in foreign policies. In 1925 he signed the Locarno treaties, which led to France and Germany agreeing to settle any future disputes through the League of Nations. Germany was accepted in the League of Nations, in 1926, which was another triumph for Stresemann. By the time he died in 1929, Stresemann had negotiated the Young Plan, which further lightened the burden of the reparations on Germany and led to the final removal of British, French and Belgian troops from the Rhineland. ...read more.


Some governments only lasted a few weeks. This led to the government being politically unstable and Stresemann had hoped that the successes in foreign policies would make it easier for the political parties in Germany to work together. However, this hope was not successful. In conclusion, I believe that the Dawes plan was the biggest achievement for Stresemann. I think this because the reparations that Germany had to pay was the biggest problem they couldn't overcome. By receiving a large amount of money, they were able to pay off some of the reparations. Due to the negotiation that Stresemann did with the USA, which led to the Americans having a better relationship and attitude towards the Germans. Even though, the loans could've been withdrawn, the Germans could at least pay off some of the reparations. If the Wall Street crash didn't happen, then I think there would've been a very strong possibility for the Germans and Americans to rebuild their chaotic relationship. However due to the Dawes Plan, the Germans received some profits so steadily they could return the money back they borrowed. ...read more.

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