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HOW SUCCESSFUL WAS THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC? There were four major issues that threatened to destroy the fragile Republic these were: - Economy problems Foreign Policy

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HOW SUCCESSFUL WAS THE WEIMAR REPUBLIC? There were four major issues that threatened to destroy the fragile Republic these were: - * Economy problems * Foreign Policy * Politics * Culture First of all I will start with Economy. The Weimar economy depended upon high interest American loans. These loans would help pay their debts off to Great Britain and France, who then paid their debts off to America. The American loans usually had to be repaid or renewed within three months this was fine in many occasions, but if American lenders came under pressure they could easily demand rapid repayment and stop renewing the very vital loans. Fortunately unemployment never fell below 1.3 million in spite of the economic recovery. ...read more.

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Again in 1926 Germany was welcomed into the League of Nations, this gave them international respect, however this did nothing for Germany. With all the signings of treaties and friendly handshakes going on it was unable to mask deep suspicions, which continued to plague relations between Germany and its neighbors. Stresemann spoke of a 'new era of co-operation among the nations, however it was clear that he hadn't accepted the Treaty of Versailles but was in every way determined to dismantle it. When signing the Locarno pact Stresemann hoped to lead an early evacuation of the Rhineland. When attending the League of Nations after 1926, he was able to use these occasions to air German grievances on one international stage. At the same time Germany was secretly and illegally rearming. ...read more.

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During this period of stability, support for democracy grew, although there seemed to be a significant minority. Lastly I will go onto Culture. A cultural revival occurred with a censorship was removed from pictures and artists, architects and poets became flourished. Germany was finally getting itself back together but due to the censorship being removed this offended many people living in the regions of Germany. In my opinion the Weimar Republic was quite successful in the way that it helped Germany to overcome many problems that I have mentioned above. Although a lot of the population was not overly pleased by some of the decisions that they made. Worst things could have happened if they had not made the sacrifices that they had done in the years of 1924 - 1929, for instance the population of Germany could still be paying Great Britain and France war reparations. By Natalie Hamblett ...read more.

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