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

What were the main features of the Weimar Constitution?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Assessment: Weimar Republic What were the main features of the Weimar Constitution? The newly formed Weimar constitution had many distinguishing features, one of which was that they were a democratic government as before the war Germany had not been really democratic, this was because the Kaiser was a dictator which meant everything he said would happen. They believed that people had the right to chose and change their government. Another feature of the Weimar government was that they believed in proportional representation, they believed that seats in parliament should be won according to the percentage of votes won. A further feature was that they passed a law which meant all Germans over the age of 20 could vote. The chancellor of the government was responsible for the day-to-day government, but he had to have the backing and support of half of the Reichstag. The president stayed out of the day-to-day government. However in the case of an emergency, he could rule the country directly through article 48 of the constitution. This gave him emergency powers, which meant he didn't have to consult the Reichstag. Explain why the Weimar Republic faced opposition between the years of 1919-1923 Between the years of 1919-1923 the Weimar government faced major uprising from both the extreme left and right wings. ...read more.

Middle

This meant that there was no transport, power or water. After a few days Kapp realised that he wouldn't succeed so he left the country. Kapp was hunted down and he died shortly before his trial. The rest of the rebels were set free by the court and the judges. Kapp's attempt to go back to the ways of the Kaiser, had failed. The Munich Putsch was organised by Adolph Hitler who was an extreme right winger. This attempted rebellion occurred in November 1923, Adolph Hitler led an attempted rebellion in Munich. Hitler received a short prison sentence. It was a major coincidence how the judge was the same judge who had tried him two years earlier for disorder. Both times Hitler got off very lightly; it seemed that the Weimar's right wing opponent had friends in high places. Did the events of 1919-1923 make the Weimar Republic stronger or weaker? Explain your answers In my opinion, I feel that the three major events which occurred in the years between the years of 1919-1923 made the Weimar Government both weaker and stronger in some cases. The three major events which occurred were: French occupation of the Ruhr, hyper inflation and the Munich Putcsh. ...read more.

Conclusion

Hitler got off very lightly and was sentenced to two years imprisonment which was then reduced to nine months; this showed that the Weimar was weak and that they failed to keep Hitler in prison for the full sentence as well as any from any future attempts of gaining power and causing trouble. However, you could argue that the Weimar were a success because they managed to imprison Adolph Hitler. Conclusion In conclusion my opinion of the Weimar constitution is that it weak in some cases and stronger in others. They showed great weakness during the uprisings from the extreme right and left wings. They also showed great weakness when the French occupied the Ruhr, and due to the government not dealing with this case properly hyperinflation was to follow and add to the already economical instability of the country. However, they showed strength when the Germans got together and worked as a unit to put an end to the occupation of the Ruhr. They also showed strength when they got Germany back on their feet after Chancellor Gustav Stresemann helped them out by calling of the passive resistance and borrowed money in order to get the economy going once again. They also showed some strength when they imprisoned Hitler for his attempted rebellion from which he was trying to gain power. ...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 Germany 1918-1939 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

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Germany 1918-1939 essays

  1. Thr opposition of the Church.

    Most historians think that the letters were intend to a reader from the Gestapo. Stauffenberg liked the Kreisau plans, and he agreed to accept them as a basic plan for the new Germany. But now the part of the ideologists was over.

  2. What problems did the Weimar Republic face from 1919 to 1923, and why did ...

    The German currency soon became worthless and prices were constantly rising (For example, an American dollar in July 1914 was worth about 4 marks, whilst in November 1923, its equivalent in marks was 4,000,000,000,000 marks). The social effects of this hyperinflation were disastrous, particularly for the German middle classes who had lost all their savings and pensions as a result.

  1. To what extent were the problems of 1919-1923 overcome by the Weimar Government by ...

    Being unable to meet the demands of the reparations caused the French to invade the Ruhr and the hyperinflation ensued. In 1924, the hyperinflation made the allies realise the extent of the German economic crisis, and the League of Nations was then able to work with the Weimar Republic to revise a more realistic system for reparation payments.

  2. Weimar, 1918 - 1923

    Britain and the USA protested, and the USA withdrew her troops from the Rhineland. d. Ruhr Occupation The German government was not willing to accept foreign troops on its territory. Cuno announced that Germany would not pay until the French and Belgian troops were removed.

  1. Examine the degree to which the flaws of the Weimar Constitution explain the continuing ...

    could be seen as one of the back bone causes for instability in the Weimar Republic. Although the problem with Article 48 of the constitution did not specifically affect Germany until 1928, it posed a great potential danger as it could have been abused easily by a president who favoured

  2. What was the main cause of Kristallnacht?

    What does make it unreliable is that it was signed anonymously so one does not know who wrote it - it could have been written by someone who was really supportive of the Allies and only wanted to make the Nazis look bad.

  1. Why Did The Weimar Republic Face So Many Problems In The Years Of 1919-1923?

    The KPD believed that Weimar had not gone far enough and were aiming to provoke a socialist revolution, taking inspiration from Bolshevik Russia. The KPD called them selves the Spartacists. Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg, who wanted a new revolutionary to government to replace the existing Weimar one, led the KPD.

  2. How far was the Kapp Putsch the major reason for instability between 1919 and ...

    their lack of authority was so apparent, they had little choice but to flee the city. The defeat of this putsch showed some strength on the part of the Weimar Republic, and the preference the German people had for Friedrich Ebert over Kapp[2], as it was only with their participation (and not the unreliable, unmoving military?s)

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work