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Was The Weimar Republic Doomed to Fail?

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Was The Weimar Republic Doomed to Fail? When answering the question you must consider whether the many problems that faced the republic where both insurmountable and if they posed a serious threat to the Republic. The first problem in the Weimar Republic was its constitution and how it provided an unstable democratic government to a country used to be run by a Monarchy. Three parties made up the first Weimar coalition. The reason behind such coalition was that the Reichstag was elected by the method of proportional representation; where the number of seats a party has is relative to its percentage of the vote. This system gained much criticism mainly because is made achieving a stable government almost impossible. This was due to the fact that the C.Governments had too wider spectrum of views, aims and ideas to make any reasonable progress. Another flaw in the constitution was the relationship between the President and the Reichstag. The president was in place to dismiss any fears of parliamentary absolutism but that would mean that he would have to have some power over the Reichstag. ...read more.

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It was felt amongst the majority of Germans that the treaty was unfair and any problems it brought were the faults of the 'November Criminals'. The cost of war, lack of strength in the Mark, willingness for the government to print money, government expenditure outweighing income and attempts to put of the payment of reparations all contributed to the problem of hyperinflation. The middle classes were the main losers of the crises because their life savings were wiped out in value so what could have bought a house after HI could only buy a loaf of bread. The crises also affected people on fixed incomes because they ended up earning next to nothing. But there were some winners out of the crises: Those with debts and mortgages could now easily pay them off. The mark was now very week so exporters received a lot of business. The crises aided the Republics survival by reducing unemployment rate, increasing the amount of economic activity and it also attracted business from the USA. ...read more.

Conclusion

Ebert made a deal with the FK to put down the rebellion, they did so. The FK were called in to use again to put down a communist rebellion in Bavaria. Even though the communists received another blow in the Ruhr, they still remained a strong political force. The Weimar Republic also faced R-Wing opposition. This mainly consisted of people who like the old style government led by the Kaiser. One famous r-wing uprising was the Kapp rebellion. When 5000 FK marched into Berlin the army wouldn't fire on them but fortunately the workers striked and caused the capital to stop and the chance of the Putsch succeeding non-existent. Many of these factors led to civil unrest, which in turn helped the Nazis, gain power and destroy the republic however the Weimar republic wasn't destroyed directly by one of the problems. This means that the republic could have continued on but it inst possible to say whether the problems would catch up with it. Therefore, I cannot conclude either way as to whether to Weimar Republic was doomed from the start. Tom Langrish 11R ...read more.

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