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Was Weimar Germany doomed from the start?

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Was Weimar Germany doomed from the start? By Shadi paterson When Germany emerged from WWI in 1918 it had a new leader and a new style of government. It also had many problems. After WWI the leader of Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated and fled the country and a politician called Friedrich Ebert was elected to take power and Germany was declared a republic. Many Germans were not happy with this change and wanted the Kaiser to return because of this as they thought the war was not lost as they still had soldiers fighting, but the fact was that Germany had hit an economic disaster and was forced to back down. ...read more.


This led to a weak government consisting of many politicians that could not agree on anything. Germany was not very popular with other countries either as they were blamed for WWI by many of them and had to agree to this in the treaty of Versailles. The treaty of Versailles was a peace treaty that would officially end WWI. It had many negotiations that gremany had to agree to such as taking the blame for starting WWI, only being allowed 100,000 men and 6 battleships in their army, not being able to place soldiers in the Rhine land so that they could not invade France and paying �6.6 million in compensation to the allied forces as well as many other agreements. ...read more.


For one Germany had become one of the most democratic countries in the world but most Germans did not know how democracy worked. In times of emergency the president, Friedrich Ebert, could take control of the country. This was done to ensure that one man could not abuse his power. I do think that Weimar Germany was doomed from the start because thanks to WWI, one of the greatest countries ever was abolished and rendered useless. Citizens of the country had been wiped out by either war, street fighting or starvation. The economy was disastrous and the empire was no longer in their power. Germany had been turned from a force to be reckoned with to a pussy cat of a country in a matter of 4 years. ...read more.

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