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How did the Weimar government cope with the threat from the left and the right?

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How did the Weimar government cope with the threat from the left and the right? The Weimar Government faced social, economical and political problems. They were to stop revolts, the get the national income down and to restore the pride of men and Germany. Before the rise of any additional problems there was already instability in the government, with the abandonment of the Kaiser, three parties made up the broadly based Weimar Coalition. Although democratic, the coalition operated on a system of proportional representation - in other words if party A, for example, gets 10% of the votes then they would get 10% of seats in the Reichstag. ...read more.

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The left-wing group was a communist party known as the Spartacists. Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg led them. They wanted a Germany ruled by workers' councils or soviets. The left wing was offering a revolution, stability, a Russian model and jobs. The Weimar Government had to cope with these threats because they were what people wanted. That's why the Weimar Government got the Freikorps to shoot the people revolting to help the Weimar out. Also the left wing was unhappy that they signed the Treaty of Versailles, which put the Weimar under additional pressure. The Weimar coped with this threat mainly from calling in the Freikorps to sort things out. ...read more.

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They had been proud of Germany's powerful industry. They had the Kapp Putsch, the rebellion. Ebert struggled to deal with the political violence in Germany. Political assassinations were frequent. It can be argued that the Weimar Republic never actually had a real chance of survival from the start. In my opinion it had a particularly unfortunate amount of problems but nevertheless it triumphed in overcoming them. It was pure bad luck that in 1929 not only was Weimar confronted with more economic adversity but also Stresemann died at this crucial time. The Nazis were in the right place at the right time in order to exploit this misfortune. If it had not been for these fateful circumstances, I believe that the Weimar Republic would have survived longer. Weimar Essay Monday 11th November 2002 Nicholas Stefano ...read more.

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