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Was Stresseman successful in Germanys Economic Problems?

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8/11/02 History Assignment Was Stresseman successful in Germanys Economic Problems? Gustav Stresseman was born in 1878 and died in 1929. In his life he played a massive role in controlling the economic problems in Germany. He became Chancellor in August 1923 and Foreign Minister in 1924. During the period 1923-1929 (when he died of a hart attack) there were huge changes in Germany's economy. Stresseman's time in these positions marked a real turning point for the economy of the failing country. There are arguments that he didn't really do much to help, but from studying the six treaties he was a part of I can clearly see that even if it was not massive, he definitely made an impact and, in the short term brought about some change. I am now going to examine how successful Stresseman actually was in putting an end to Germany's economic disaster. Treaties There are six main treaties that Stresseman was involved in. The first one is 'The Dawes Plan' of January 1924. ...read more.


It also said that Germany would never again go to war over their western frontiers. At Locarno Germany also signed arbitration treaties with Poland and Czechoslovakia, agreeing to settle all disputes peacefully in the future. In April 1926, Germany signed a treaty with the Soviet Union re-establishing, the warm relations they had once had. Both had problems with the allies and the allies were very threatened by this treaty named, The Treaty of Berlin. This treaty set up trade links between the two countries, and secretly military links were also set up under the treaty. Later in 1926 there was a huge event, which led to the settlement of many disputes and to acceptance of Germany with the allies and the rest of the world. Lengthy steps were taken to permit Germany to join the League of Nations. Many countries were worried that Germany would obtain the power to 'convert' other countries to some of its extremist beliefs, if it was permitted to join, but eventually they were persuaded and in September Germany took up its permanent seat. ...read more.


There were many other terms and conditions that were laid out in the Young plan, but these are the main ones. Although on the surface all of these appear to be very positive for Germany and the rest of the world, there are some historians who would say that Stresseman's intentions were not as innocent as they seemed. For example, while one historian argues that Stresseman wanted Germany to be in the League so that relations with Germany and the rest of the world could improve. However another historian says that Stresseman wanted to get into the League so that he could use it as a tool to convert whatever countries he could to Germanys beliefs. In the short term Stresseman defiantly had a positive impact on Germany, he improved the economic situation. Although he was unsatisfied with the amount he achieved, the evidence is there that he was a success for Germany. ...read more.

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