• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Weimar Republic doomed to fail from beginning?

Extracts from this document...


"The Weimar Republic was doomed to fail from the very beginning." How far do you agree with this statement? I agree with this statement to a large extent. During the Weimar Republic, there was little political stability since both the left-wing and right-wing extremists were fervently trying to exert their own political belief system and rule the country using it. The right-wing extremists insisted on a completely non-democratic system, and preferred to run the country the way it had been run in the 19th century- with a stiflingly authoritarian rule. The left-wing extremists, on the other hand, wanted to establish communism in Germany. Both sides caused a lot of turmoil in Germany. There were many murders of innocent civilians as well as members of the party. One of the most striking incidents during this period was the violence between the right-wing Freikorps and the left-wing Red Guards. Hundreds were killed during this incident. The appointed Germany Chancellors did not have much support from the citizens since the Weimar was chose on of convenience, and the proportional system of governance meant there was no one strong leader. ...read more.


They were unable to pay the money for this reparations, and in response, France took over the Ruhr region. The Ruhr region was an important contributor to Germany's economy since it was an industrial region. This further led to a need for money. The idea that striking workers had to be paid by the country was a further financial burden for Germany's government. To deal with this issue, the government made the unwise decision of printing more money. This only led to devaluation of the currency. In fact, the currency became so worthless that women used it to keep their fire going at home, since it was cheaper than using wood. Employers had to start giving out money on a daily basis because the value of the currency was decreasing so rapidly. Without a stable economy to pay the reparations the other countries were demanding, and allow people to gain back their normal jobs and pace of life, the Weimar Republic certainly did not have garner much support from the people. ...read more.


Therefore, for a period of time, it certainly seemed as if Stresemann was the answer to Germany's problems, and gave the Weimar Republic hope. In conclusion, I disagree with the statement because there was little political stability and economical stability during the Weimar Republic. While I cannot deny that Stresemann's entrance as Chancellor marked an improved period after the world war, critics have claimed that this Stresemann's reforms did not relieve the underlying weaknesses of Weimar but gave the appearance of having done so. This is mostly because Stresemann still did not manage to gain support of the people and was largely criticized for his relations with the USA. As can be seen through all three points, governmental stability and their actions was what ultimately decided whether or not the Weimar Republic was set to be a failure or success. Ultimately, it seems as if it was a failure precisely because the government was unable to appeal to its people because it was unstable and made bad decisions. What is a government without support? A failed one. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Russia, USSR 1905-1941 section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month
  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work