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How far was 1924-29 a golden age in weimar germany?

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How far was 1924-29 a "Golden Age" for Weimar Germany? Weimar Germany between 1924 and 1929 was a "Golden age" because of Gustav Stresemann, the Foreign Prime minister of the Weimar government, as he contributed greatly in making Germany's economy prosper and create more support for the Weimar government through several treaties and plans. Consequently, employment was low and there was political stability. However, this "Golden age" only lasted for five years therefore showing it was just a better time in Germany than before 1924 and was the rise before the fall. In 1918, Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany abdicated leaving Germany without a ruler. This lead to the new government having to sign the Armistice to end World War 1 and having to sign the Treaty of Versailles. German citizens believed this to be "a stab in the back" for Germany and branded the new government as "November criminals." ...read more.

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Therefore, Germany was starting to be seen as a world power again. Worldwide economic recovery meant that there were new markets for Germany's goods abroad, furthering their economic relations and economy. During 1924 and 1929, Germany's employment was low. This was extremely good for the face of Germany because other countries recognised it's potential. Furthermore, Germany joined the League of Nations to add its support to worldwide harmony. This can definitely be considered as "Golden" because relations between Germany and other countries were the highest they had been Since World War 1. American banks continued to loan Germany money to help it re-build. The Young Plan replaced the Dawes Plan. It let Germany reduce the reparations by three quarters. This was especially good because it meant Germany could focus on building its economy. Before 1924, Germany was focused on paying reparations, which were the main reason why the French invaded the Ruhr. ...read more.

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When this happens, which it did due to the Wall Street Crash in 1929, Germany would have to pay back all the loans. This would mean the stability in the economy during 1924 to 1929 was a result of American loans rather than German efficiency. The mid twenties were a period of increased stability for Germany. People were better off than they had been in the first 4 years of the new government and were better off than they were in the 3 years following the Wall Street Crash, however, compared with other countries, such as the USA, Britain and France the Weimar republic was still a poor relation. In addition, it was the "Golden age" to a large extent because there was plenty of support for the Weimar government and they may have succeeded to bring Germany back up if Gustav Stresemann had not died in 1929 and if Germany had not been forced to pay back the loans from America so quickly. ?? ?? ?? ?? Daljeet Sandher 11AW ...read more.

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