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The depression was the catlyst for the downfall for the Weimar Republic. How far do you agree?

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The depression was the catlyst for the downfall for the Weimar Republic. How far do you agree? When looking at the Weimar Republic during it's golden era between 1924 to 1929 it was noticeable that Germany at this period of time saw a rise in it's economic power. Furthermore,the country had a more dense cultural growth which can be emphasised by cinema masterpieces such as Fritz Lang and Bauhaus. However, even though during this supposed golden era there was political stability. We later notice that there were unpopular economic policies which could be suggested as the the main catylyst or spark to the downfall of the Republic. Furthermore, the depression made other events to happen to eventually end the rule of the republic. For example, the rise of extremism, the Government policies, propaganda by the Nazis etc. Unpopular econonmic policies is one of the first and major issues for the downfall of the weimar Republic. This can be clearly adressed as for nearly half a century or more many Germans would have agreed that there country was a success. ...read more.


This Meant that after the Depression it's economical policies were just one point to the downfall of the Weimar Republic. Due to the failing policies of the SPD. The Nazis were becoming extremely popular but hadn't yet won a majority of the vote. Therefore, the Nazis used aritcle 48 to make sure that the Nazis could keep a definite position of Government power.Because, Hitler didn't have the absolute power that he needed. As a result, the Nazis orchestrated the burning of the Reichstag in 1933. Hitler and the Nazis party were able to contend that they knew about the burning in advance, but could do nothing to prevent it because they lacked the power under the Constitution. President Hindenburg then allowed Hitler to apply Article 48 under the Weimar Constitution. This article allowed the president to rule by decree during national emergencies. Hitler was able to use this to his advantage by arresting those who opposed the Nazi regime (particularly Communists). ...read more.


For example, the communists believed that the Depression showed that the capitalist system was doomed and that only communism is the answers. While on the far right the Nazis blamed the Weimar Republic, the treaty of Versailles, the Jews and the Nazis promised to get "rid of the enemys within." Furthermore, the Nazis were reknown for using propaganda phrases e.g work and bread. Highlighting how extremism led to many voters believing the Social Democratic Party as a failure.This rise of extemism highlighted the weaknesses of the Weimar Republic as there was fighting during the elections and many town halls were bombed by the Nazis. In conclusion, the Depression sparked or supposedly was the catylyst for the downfall of the Republic as mentioned above. For example, unpopular economic policies like the Dawes plan which tied Germany to America heavily affected the German economy. Furthermore, the failing policies such as article 48 which could manipulate in dangerous times of politics only one party to win which wasn't democratic. Furthermore, extremism disillusioned people by thinking it could solve all the problems of Germany which linked indirectly to the Wall Street Crash and the Depression ...read more.

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