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How far did the Weimar Republic under Stresemann solve the problems it faced within Germany 1924-1929?

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Shafaq Yaqoob How far did the Weimar Republic under Stresemann solve the problems it faced within Germany 1924- 1924? Right after the Weimar Republic was set up; it faced from a lot of political opposition from the right and left wing parties and had to deal with the economic crisis of 1923, which greatly weakened Ebert?s government. However it can be said the Stresemann coming into power was successful in bringing a degree of economic recovery and political stability. He was the most successful in the area of foreign policies, which allowed him to alter the harsher clauses of the Treaty of Versailles. Yet not all problems were solved, as politically, although many parties were willing to work together to support the new democratic system, there were many short- lived coalition government which found it difficult to work together and this resulted in extremist parties gaining more support. Although Stresemann was able to solve many problems and please many Germans, however he was not able to bring complete stability in Germany and many problems remained. Germany recovered politically as in 1928, the Social Democrats, the largest party joined a coalition with many other political parties which was successful as all the parties were willing to support the democratic Weimar Republic. ...read more.


This allowed Germany to rebuild its industry to recover from the effects of the First World War and hyperinflation which just recently took place in 1923. And by 1928, Germany?s finally reached the same level of production as before the war. However, despite these improvements, there were still some concerns regarding Germany?s economy. She was too dependent on the American loans which could be withdrawn at a short notice at any time. And this could cause a collapse in the economy again as it loses the foundation that it was built on. The major issue in Germany which was unemployment was not solved, as the government was spending huge amount of money on welfare benefits for the unemployed and poor and they won?t be able to continue this indefinitely or if the rate of unemployment were to increase. During the 1920s, the farmers struggled and even during 1924-1929 their conditions were not improved. Their wages were approximately half the national average as the farm prices were low. They had mortgages to pay but did not but there was not enough demand for the food they produced. It was not only farmers that suffered economically but also people who owned small businesses. The small businesses were overpowered by the big businesses and industries which controlled half of Germany?s industrial production. ...read more.


towns in Germany, who felt that it was becoming Increasingly too commercial which were made more worse by American immigrants, Jewish artist and musicians. This resulted in setting up of organizations such as Wandervogel which wanted to go back to the simple country values and wanted to see more help for the countryside and less decadence in towns. On balance there were quite a lot of achievements during Stresemann?s reign but he could not solve all the problems in Germany. Politically, the coalition in 1928 was strong and committed to the government and was able to bring relative political stability. In contrast the 14 years of quick changing government did not help the country at all. The Dawes Plan which was negotiated did help German industry to recover, but it was too dependent on the American loans to much. And the condition of farmers and people with small businesses were not made better. The most successful area was foreign policies which allowed Germany to enter the League of Nations and alter the Treaty of Versailles. However, Stresemann was not able to please all of the Germans as the Nationalist saw the signing of Locarno Treaties as an acceptance of the Treaty of Versailles. At last, the German film industry flourished but the German countryside saw it as a breach of the moral code of the society. ...read more.

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