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-Did the Weimar Republic become more stable?-How loyal were the elites and the German people to democracy?

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Politics 1924-29 -Did the Weimar Republic become more stable? -How loyal were the elites and the German people to democracy? Statement: Was a firm political and economic foundation established for the long term survival of democracy or whether the events justify the view that the Weimar was a 'republic without republicans'. After 1923 politics became more peaceful. There were no attempted coups from right or left between 1924 and 1929 and also there were no assassinations of major political figures. Extremist parties though was still on the streets, there was frequent fights between the SA and the red fighting league, over 50 people were killed. Elections also gave support to the Republic, as the economic situation stabilised in 1924, so Germans switched back to voting for the main democratic parties. ...read more.


It was therefore the party machine that decided who actually became a Reichstag deputy, on the basis of the number of votes the party list had won. The voters didn't choose their deputy. The prospects for a stable government were further reduced during this period of growth of sectional interest parties which gained a total of 78 deputies at their peak in 1930. Sectional groups were encouraged by the proportional representation system cos only 60k votes were needed to get a representation in the Reichstag. Their support for narrow interests reduced the chances of the broader compromises required for successful democratic government. Weimar lacked a leader to deepen people's support, it was served by able politicians like Streseman but no body built up a dynamic support for the government. ...read more.


The candidate who gets most votes is President. The SPD prussion leader Braun pulled out and the centre party chose Wilhelm Marx. The right in an attempt to broaden support rallied behind Paul Von Hinderburg. The communists refused to withdraw to help a united left against the right, the figures suggest this may have been vital in determining the result. The appointment of Hinderburg can be seen as both a pos and neg sign for Weimar democracy. He did nothing unconstitutional and abided his oath to uphold the constitution. The presence of a conservative ex field marshal attracted some conservatives to the republic. But on the other hand it was threatening to have someone who was uncommitted to democracy with great powers. Hindenburg became the focus of powerful groups who wanted a more strict system. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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