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* THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC AND THE RISE OF THE NAZIS
The impact of the WW1 - before 1918 Germany was powerful and prospering country, full of working people, fine army BUT after 1918 when the German army was defeated Germany was destroyed, full of ill and powerless people dying, became an unstable democratic republic and was unable to improve the situation
The birth of the Weimar Republic - in 1918 the Allies won the war and offered Germany peace under strict conditions Germany's leader Kaiser abdicated his throne the Socialist leader Friedrich Ebert became the new leader and signed an armistice with the Allies (freedom of speech, freedom of worship and better working conditions) but it was too quick change from traditional, autocratic system of govt. to democratic, therefore the German nation and esp. the politicians did not accepted it despite this opposition in Jan 1919 1st free German elections took place (in the town of Weimar, b/c Berlin was thought to be unstable) and Ebert's party won a majority of votes Friedrich Ebert became the President of the Weimar Republic
The Republic in danger, 1919-1924 (Ebert's govt. faced
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