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The Weimar Republic.

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The Weimar Republic What were the main features of the Weimar Constitution? Some of the main features of the Weimar Constitution were that the Weimar Government was a Democratic system, as before the war started Germany was run by the Kaiser, he was basically a dictator which meant what ever he said had to be done. Another feature of the Weimar constitution was that they there was a new system of proportional representation, this meant that if a political party gained 20 per cent of votes then they gained 20 percent of seats in the parliament (Reichstag). An additional feature was that they passed a law which was that all Germans over the age of 20 could vote. The chancellor was responsible for the day-to-day government, but he needed the support of half of the Reichstag. The president however stayed out of these day-today governments but in a case of an emergency he had emergency powers, which meant that he could rule the country without having to have the support of the Reichstag. ...read more.

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It looked like Dr Wolfgang Kapp was going to succeed in what he was planning to do but was then stopped when the industrial workers went on general strike, which saved Germany from yet another revolt. In November 1923 Adolf Hitler believed that the moment had come for him to topple the Weimar government. He hated capitalists and communists, he created a Munich Putsch and forced local political leaders to declare their support for the "National Revolution". The Nazi attempts to take over the Bavarian war ministry were quickly defeated, as people did not rise up to support him. Did the events of 1919-1923 make the Weimar Republic stronger or weaker? Explain your answers In my opinion I would say that there were three major events which occurred in Germany during 1919-1923 that both made Germany both stronger and weaker. The three major events that I think were: The Munich Putsch, the French occupation of the Ruhr, and Hyperinflation. The French occupation of the Ruhr weakened the Weimar republic in my opinion because they let the French just invade Germany and yet they did nothing to stop them. ...read more.

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In August 1923, Chancellor Gustav Stresemann took over. He called off the passive resistance in the Ruhr, and he also called in the worthless money and burned them, replacing them with a new currency called the Rentenmark. He negotiated to receive American loans under the Dawes plan. The economic crises was solved very quickly, this in my opinion made Germany strong as they solved the crises and got everything running again. In my opinion I think that the event of the Munich Putsch made Germany weak mainly because they let another rebellion loose, but they also did not support this revolt and thus causing the putsch to fail which shows that Germany was actually strong. Conclusion In conclusion my opinion of the Weimar constitution is that Germany had some bad times which made them weak for a number of reasons but this was not always the case as they did this that actually made them strong again like when they had the uprisings this showed that Germany was weak. When the French occupied the Ruhr this was also a sign of weakness for Germany but in the end they got rid of the French which made them stronger in a point of view. Dhanikk Patel ...read more.

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