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How great were the problems that the Weimar Republic faced from its beginning?

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How great were the problems that the Weimar Republic faced from its beginning? The problems that the Weimar Republic faced at its beginning were great but to what extent did these problems undermine democracy and the strength of the Weimar republic? The main problems that they faced were based on the fact that the people were not ready to support a democratic system and many of the conservative people preferred an Authoritarian system which they were more used to. This led to conflicts between the government and many groups opposed to the system. However these problems were the symptoms of a hasty revolution following a depressing war. Would the Weimar Republic have survived if not for the devastating problems near its end or was it bound to fail from its birth? I believe that although it faced seemingly overwhelming odds against it and had problems that plagued it to the end, its problems were not so great that it forced the end of the Weimar republic irrespective of other later problems. The weakness of the government from the start was a very big problem for the Weimar Republic. The biggest problem for Weimar was that it had a bad reputation from the start and it was not a strong enough system to last with its weak government. First of all the after years of no real democracy a civilian government was set up. Therefore it is not surprising that there was not a great deal of support from conservative people who supported the old system and were hostile to change. ...read more.


However most of the Freikorps were right wingers and so not even supporters of the government. Although this support was beneficial in the short term there were great dangers for the future. The military elite were in a strong position to undermine the government because of the crucial alliance between the government and the army. Ebert focused too much on the threat of the extreme left wing and not enough on the powerful right wing that were supported by the army. However although there are many reasons for possible failure, we cannot forget that this was only the situation of the Republic in its early life and that had plenty of opportunity to move away from extremism and become successful. The threats from the extremists subsided and the Weimar Republic was able to run freely and without being heavily reliant on the army in the future. Therefore the problems that blighted the creation and early months of the Republic although they threaten its authority and led to greater strength for extremists was not a long running threat to Weimar even though it made it difficult for it top prosper early on. However it also had to contend with the idea that democratic republic was a hard fact for the German people to accept with respect to their history of government. The problems that Weimar faced from its political history were considerable ones. The people were used to an authoritarian system. Therefore the success of the Weimar regime was always under threat because of its vast difference to the old regime and was guaranteed to not be popular with many parts of society such as aristocrats and conservatives. ...read more.


However the problem faced again by the politicians was that they had no experience of how to maintain a democracy and many politicians, especially on the right who were not committed to democracy and the success of the Weimar Republic. Therefore it was under threat because constitution created a lot of political instability. I believe that the problems that the Weimar republic faced were not strong enough to end democracy and the republic but powerful enough to do damage to Weimar. Th e main problems it faced were firstly the fact that there was not tradition of a democracy in Germany. Therefore many were opposed to it and preferred to have the old authoritarian regime. Also many of the politicians were hostile towards it and tried to undermine it whereas other had no experience in running a democracy successfully. Also many tried to undermine by linking the Weimar republic with the loss of the war and the peace treaty and overtime many did start to believe this and the stab-in-the-back theory. It was also under threat from the left wing and became reliant on the hostile army and the constitution had many flaws that undermined the republic. However in my opinion these problems were not great enough to suggest that the Weimar would not have lasted. The majority of these problems only hindered it for the short term. We know that after a period of 6 years the Weimar republic became successful and blossomed up until the depression and the emergence of Hitler. Therefore I believe that the problems that Weimar republic faced from its beginning were very great but not great enough to guarantee failure. Chitran Selvarajah L6CPS Mr. Morris 24/09/02 1 ...read more.

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