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Why was the recovery of the Weimar Republic from 1924 to 1929 not actually a great success?

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Why was the recovery of the Weimar Republic from 1924 to 1929 not actually a great success? There were many ways in which there were problems and the recovery was not really all it seemed to be, historian R. Bessel put it nicely, saying that ?Weimar?s ?golden years? rested on shaky foundations?. Firstly, although there were economic advances there were still problems. There was more inequality in society and some groups benefited a lot more than others. Big businesses and landowners gained a lot during this time but peasant farmers, who started overproducing, and some sections of the middle class, e.g. small shop keepers, lost out. Moreover, unemployment rose from 4% in 1923 to 8.2% in 1929. ...read more.


The politics of Germany was still not in a great state either. In this period the chancellor changed 4 times and no single party ever got a majority. This caused an unstable government and one that could not make quick decisive decisions as each party had its own view. The parties only managed to stay in coalition because of the actions of their leaders. In fact, Gustav Stolper a DDP Reichstag member said that ?There are no government parties, only opposition parties.? Another political problem was that a considerable amount of votes were still going to parties who were opposed to the Republic such as the Communist party, DNVP (German National People?s Party) ...read more.


He was an old war leader in the First World War and opposed to the Republic, he even asked the permission of the Kaiser. The culture changes that occurred in this period due to more freedom may have seemed great but it was not seen that way by a lot of Germans. The culture changes in places like Berlin made some people shocked. Most people had been used to the Kaiser?s time and supported old conservative values. However Germany seemed to be going into moral decline. Groups such as the Wandervogel formed where they returned to traditional country values to avoid the moral decline in urban areas. These feelings meant the government was seen as too liberal and many people were unhappy and also the Nazis could use these feelings to gain support in the future. ...read more.

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