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How far had the Weimar republic recovered by 1928?

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Zac Potts Thursday, 11 October 2001 How far had the Weimar republic recovered by 1928? In 1919, Germany was in a terrible state after the First World War. Germany had been a proud and prosperous country before the war and was now starving. The Kaiser had fled and Ebert had declared a republic, He established the Weimar Republic. The Weimar republic was one of the most democratic in the world. There were many threats from all sides. The country had been changed over from a virtual dictatorship with no real democracy to one of the most democratic systems in the world, there was bound to be a lot of disruption. The setting up of this democratic system meant all men and women over 20 had the vote. ...read more.

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It was finally fixed at 132 billion gold marks (�6.6 billion). The outrage of the treaty led to a significant rise of nationalist political forces. There was the Kapp Putsch in 1920, a right wing nationalist uprising lead by Wolfgang Kapp, it failed, mainly because Kapp fled to Sweden. There was huge polarisation. A threat from the left, Communists, had also been a problem, but Ebert dealt with them much more harshly. The Spartacists were lead by Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht. The Spartacist uprising was crushed by Freikorps, ex-army and navy nationalists; they not only stopped the uprising but also killed the Spartacist leaders. The Freikorps also overthrow the Communist Republic in Bavaria, killing over 600 people. In January 1923, the French and the Belgians decided to occupy the Ruhr and take payment in trade (they took over the coalfields and factories) ...read more.

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Slowly but surely, he built up Germanys wealth and prosperity. Under the Daws plan, he loaned 800 million marks from the US. In 1925, Stresemann signed the Locarno pact guaranteeing Germany their western borders with France and Belgium. The industry managed to reach its pre war output. The majority of the upper and middle classes were happy although a lot of them had savings that were wiped out some had there money in car, houses and other material things which had not lost value. In conclusion, it could be said that the Weimar government had made a partial recovery on terms of Economics and foreign policies. Nevertheless, the recovery was built on a precarious foundation, the loans, all of the loans could be re-called at anytime. At this time the Right wing opposition had not gone, it had died down but not gone. ...read more.

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