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The Treaty of Versailles Was The Key Reason That The Weimar Republic Faced So Many Problems Between 1919 And 1923 How Far Do You Agree?

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"The Treaty of Versailles Was The Key Reason That The Weimar Republic Faced So Many Problems Between 1919 And 1923" How Far Do You Agree? There were many factors that affected the disasters Germany was facing between 1919. They were the huge debts, cut off military, loss of land and the loss of jobs which are all the terms of the Treaty of Versailles; the political unrest because of Erbert and his governments' mistakes; and the effects of the First World War. Germany was also very unpopular after the war, and was excluded form the League of Nations. The Treaty of Versailles caused many problems for Germany. They had to accept the full blame for starting the war, which humiliated them and excluded them from other countries. They were set �6,600 million to pay back in reparation fees because of the damage caused by the war, and would have been paying this back until 1984 if it was not for the Young Plan, established in 1929. Because this was so high, Germany had to sacrifice a lot. ...read more.

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Also, one of the reasons the Freikorps rebelled against the government was the signing of the Treaty, which they strongly disagreed with. Political unrest was also a large factor of the bad times in Germany. Erbert and his government made many mistakes, gaining opposition from many people. Erbert was very unpopular for signing the armistice on the 11/11//1918 because many people thought the troops were strong enough to continue fighting. It could also be argued that if the Armistice was not signed, the problems held by the Treaty of Versailles would not be a problem at that moment. However Erbert was forced to by the government, but this caused the 'Stab in the back' myth. Not only were they unpopular because of the signing of the Armistice, but the signing of the Treaty of Versailles was also strongly frowned upon. The terms were so harsh that workers went on bans, therefore receiving no income of money, when large amounts were important in the times of hyperinflation. Also Erbert printed more money which radically encouraged hyperinflation. ...read more.

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This meant that their money was now worthless. Also, many people did not like the fact women were working and found it untraditional and wrong. Also, because of the loss of soldiers in the war, there were many widows trying to earn enough money for them and their children to live, which hyperinflation made even harder. Overall, I think that the Treaty of Versailles was the main reason Germany faced so many problems from 1919-1923. It caused a domino affect on the other reasons affecting Germany as it made any slight problems a lot worse, mainly due to hyperinflation. I think hyperinflation is definitely the largest problem. And was the result of the Treaty, because it was so extreme that the mark was worthless and could not be used to buy absolute necessities. If the Treaty was not signed, the problems would be much more easily solved. For example Erbert would not be under such hatred and pressure by the people and would not have to use parties to put down each other. Germany would have protection, money, land, people and respect without the Treaty of Versailles. ...read more.

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