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

Why was the Weimar republic attacked by both the political left and the political right in the years 1919-22?

Extracts from this document...


Why was the Weimar republic attacked by both the political left and the political right in the years 1919-22? The Weimar republic was attacked by both sides of the spectrum because it was seen as biased toward the opposite spectrum. The right held Weimar responsible for the treaty of Versailles implementation and change in Germany (Policies, untraditional). The left held Weimar responsible for under representing their views and being biased towards the right wingers. Both sides hated Weimar as it brought the left wing and the right wing into working together. This was causing instability and both wings didn't want this; a reverse in ideals was sought. The first reason why Weimar was attacked was because it was held responsible by the right wing for the induction of the treaty of Versailles. The right wing hated the treaty of Versailles because it crushed their military forces and gained them mass financial debt: Limiting their armed forces to 100,000 men, demilitarising the Rhineland, 6.6 billion in reparations and the war guilt clause. These where important factors to the right wings hatred of Weimar as it had caused a depletion in the right wing. ...read more.


The right wing opposed this naturally as they were for what was best for Germany's economy. The third reason was that the left wing hated having to work together wit the right. This fact would cause instability as Ebert made a pact with Groener, for the SPD (left) to be able to wield the army (right) - (hoping to Holt any revolutions from the right). Left wing supporters did not like this movement by their SPD party leader Ebert. This would start to cause divisions among left wingers. Also the stinnes legien agreement was to join trade unions with employers, trying to ban strikes etc. This meant that employers had full control of industry which communists hated (left). This lead to an attack upon Weimar because it forced a clash of views and beliefs. Joining 2 different views together would undoubtfuly cause instability as it meant that the left could not deliver policies of the commintern to gain power for the working class. This meant that the autocracy was still in control of Germany as the left wing was being torn apart from within. ...read more.


This lead to an attack on Weimar as it showed Germany as a weak push over who had more problems inside its own country than the rest of the world. With the kapp putsch from the right and the uprising in the Ruhr and Saxony the German economy was not a strong state as it would lead to one turmoil after another. In conclusion, the political right wing is fuelled by the impact of the treaty of Versailles upon their army. Who have been basically brought to their knees with limitations and rulings; this would link to the way that the left wing would approach upon how to handle the treaty of Versailles. Using their policies of fulfilment they went along with the treaty to a certain extent. This would enrage the right wing which would lead to the attack and assassinations upon leftwing members (e.g. Liebknecht killed by friekorp). Before Weimar existed there was peace within Germanys borders under the control of Kaiser Wilheim 2nd. But now Weimar is being attacked because it has thrown the country into a virtual war between the two political stances. ?? ?? ?? ?? 2 Samuel Smithers ...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. To what extent did the Weimar achieve financial and political stability in the 1920’s.

    It is clear that Germany did undergo a period where the economy did stabilise and politics did calm down which can be seen in the voting figures of the extreme parties during this period. At this time many German goals were achieved; premature ending of the occupation in the Rhineland,

  2. Why did the Right Wing fail in its threat to the Weimar Republic in ...

    The Left Wing also continued to pose a threat. By December 1920, when its decision to join the International (the International Organisations of Communist and Socialist Parties) attracted many converts from the Independent Social Democrats, the KPD could boast

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

    The Kapp Putsch took place on March 13, 1920, involving a group of Freikorps troops who captured Berlin and installed Wolfgang Kapp (a right wing journalist) as chancellor. The national government fled to Stuttgart and called for a general strike.

  2. Was the Schlieffen plan the cause of Germany's defeat?

    There were a number of consequences of the entry of the USA. One of the consequences of the USA entering the war is that British and French morale was boosted by the deployment of more men to back them up.

  1. The Treaty of Versailles was more significant for its political than its economical impact. ...

    The treaty only allowed Germany to have an army of 100,000 men and there were on average seven applicants for each place, showing the patriotism they still possessed. Elias Canetti, an historian, described the impact of the limitations on the army like a crime against religion, "Prohibitation of the army

  2. Was the threat to Weimar greater from the left or from the right?

    It was by far the largest workers' revolt in the years of 1919-23. But when the government makes concessions the revolutionaries split and President Ebert takes this chance to crush the revolt with the help of the army and Freikorps.

  1. Collapse of the Weimar republic.

    What no one anticipated happened. The Nazis pulled off a major political victory by increasing the number of parliamentary seats from 12 to 107. This result sent shock waves through the political system and almost obscured the sizable increase of the Communists, who went from 54 to 77 seats in the Reichstag.

  2. Why Did The Weimar Republic Face Political Problems In The First Few Years Of ...

    In other words, they required a much more radical change than that made since the Kaiser had left. In January 1919, the Spartacists (an old name for the KPD), led by Karl Liebnecht and Rosa Luxembourg, attempted to overthrow the government and establish a worker's republic by means of an armed uprising in Berlin, Germany's capital.

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