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What problems threatened the survival of the Weimar Republic between 1919-24?

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What problems threatened the survival of the Weimar Republic between 1919-24? The Weimar Republic faced many problems from various people that threatened its survival. To an extent the Weimar Republic was doomed from its very beginnings. The judiciary and the beaurocracy was unchanged and extremely hostile, big businesses were largely unchanged and there were storm clouds ahead in the form of the effects of the Treaty of Versailles and hyperinflation. German outrage at the Treaty of Versailles is explained in a number of ways. Most Germans up to 1918 had expected victory in the War and to make major gains. The sudden collapse of there hopes bred anger and frustration and the 'War Guilt clause' only further infuriated them. ...read more.

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In December 1918 the USPD left the Government. In January 1919 mass protests at the dismissal of a radical official turned into a largely spontaneous rising which communist members of the Spartacist league tried to take over in the hope that it would turn to a communist revolution. The army were ordered to suppress the rising and with help from the right wing Freikorps crushed the revolt with over 100 deaths. In the spring of 1919 the industrial areas of Germany were racked by radical left wing unrest. A wave of strikes occurred in the Ruhr mines, central Germany and Berlin. Fortunately for the Weimar Republic these risings lacked serious support and any real leader. ...read more.

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The Government had no alternative but to flee and the Freikorps entered Berlin. A new Government headed by Wolfgang Kapp was proclaimed but it was occupying buildings it was not able to Govern because it lacked any real support.After four days the Kapp Government fled and Ebert's Government returned to Berlin. Another threat from the Right wing revolutionary groups was Hitler's Munich Putsch. Hitler stormed into a right wing meeting and forced the leaders to sate there support for a march on Berlin to impose a new Government. 2,000 armed Nazis march to a military base in Munich. They are met by armed police and Bavarian soldiers. Nazis are killed and the Putsch is suppressed. This Putsch wasn't a huge threat to the Weimar Republic yet added to there problems. ...read more.

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