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Why did the Weimar Republic Fail?

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Why did the Weimar Republic Fail? The definition of the Weimar Republic can be stated as the Government of Germany, created after World War one. It was named so because the constitution was made at Weimar in 1919. It can be said that the collapse of the Weimar Republic was due to internal and external factors. While some of the internal factors were the linkage with the Versailles Treaty and the instability that followed, the political instability, and the influence of Hitler, the greatest external factor for the collapse was the great depression and the economic and financial problems caused by it. The Treaty of Versailles created an image of defeat and humiliation in the mind of many Germans. ...read more.

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Schleicher's chancellorship too proved to be precarious from the outset because he did not have the trust of the president and also Von Papen had joined forces with Hitler to plot revenge. According to historian Alan White, This political instability was well made use of by Hitler who legally came to power when he was appointed chancellor. Therefore Germany's multi party system, the lack of political leadership can be seen as causes of the Weimar Republic's failure. The Nazi party made the use of the political instability in the Weimar Republic. The economic depression made the Nazi offerings seem very attractive to the people. Their offerings of national unity, prosperity, full employment, the promise to overthrow the Treaty of Versailles attracted the people's vote. ...read more.

Conclusion

In conclusion, it can be said that internal as well as external factors led the Weimar Republic to its failure. The lack of support from the people due to the fear of communism and their attitude towards the socialists led them to support Hitler, who manipulated the situation of the Weimar Republic and came to power and ended the Weimar Republic. But it can be stated that one of the greatest reason for the collapse was the Wall Street Crash as it was fatal blow on the economy. After the careful and chronological analysis of the events which played a part in the collapse of the Weimar republic, it can be stated that the misfortune of the republic was well made use of by A. Hitler in his rise to power. ...read more.

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