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How Stable was the Weimar Republic by 1928? When the First World War ended in 1918, Germany was left with many problems to resolve. She was blamed for the war and was a country in much distress. From the years between 1918 and 1928 Germany faced many problems, before beginning to find her feet again. After the system of the Kaiser had been got rid of, Germany had to decide on a new constitution. It was decided that all Germans had equal rights, and that all parties had a chance because of Proportional Representation which meant political parties were allocated seats in Parliament in proportion to the number of votes they got. A strong president was necessary because Article 48 said that in an emergency he could make laws without going first to the Reichstag. ...read more.


The government clamed they could not possibly afford to pay the instalments, but the French did not believe this and so they invaded the Ruhr, which was the richest industrial area in Germany. The Germans responded to the invasion by passive resistance, this lead to hyper-inflation. Hyper-inflation meant that the government kept printing more money in order to pay the workers for the passive resistance. This soon got out of hand and money soon be came incredibly worthless. This made Weimar Republic unstable as their money was worthless, the public were loosing money and things were spinning out of control. So in 1923, Gustav Stresemann, the chancellor, decided that Germany would give into France. He ended the policy of passive resistance in the Ruhr. To some German parties this was seen as weak, but it was actually a very sensible move, as now the worthless money could be burnt and the temporary ...read more.


So many Germans were still resentful. Looking over the strengths and weaknesses the Weimar Republic had, I think by 1928 it was becoming more stable. Although Germany still had the fear of America withdrawing it's loan, and many people of high administrative positions would have preferred to return to monarchy, and the matter of resentment, I believe that they came through it quite well. The most important reason for them dealing with their problems was Gustav Stresemann. I think he played the most important part in helping Germany get back on its feet as he was willing to co-operate with such situations as the Passive Resistance. He may well have disappointed some Germans in giving in but overall this was a very sensible decision. He was a strong politician for Germany and without him I doubt Germany would have been able to stabilise so quickly. ...read more.

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