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To What extent did the Weimar Republic recover by 1929?

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Yr 11 Coursework Assignment 1 Question 3 To What extent did the Weimar Republic recover by 1929? From 1919 until 1924 the Weimar Republic had somehow managed to survive political, economic and foreign policy problems. This was followed by a period of stability and apparent prosperity until 1929, but I am cautious about the extent to which the Weimar Republic recovered by 1929. There are three main problematic areas; political, economic and foreign policy. There were many economic problems that Germany needed to resolve. Germany was left completely bankrupt after World War I and the Treaty of Versailles, which meant that she had to pay reparations of �6, 600 million. In 1923, the new leader, Stresemann made important economic changes that were key to economic recovery. He remained influential as foreign minister until his death in 1929. He established a new currency. Hyperinflation had made the currency marks, practically worthless so a new unit of money was introduced based on the value of all the land within Germany. People accepted this new Rentenmark while the Dawes Plan (1924) ...read more.

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A main problem that was causing Germany a lot of grief was that she still needed to pay reparations. I think once they pay back her loans then she will be able to start to make a full recovery but in the long run I don't think she has recovered completely. There were also political problems. Stresemann called off the passive resistance in the Ruhr and agreed to resume reparations payments, then renegotiated the terms of reparations. After Germany began to make reparations payments, France and Belgium had no real reason to stay in the Ruhr, which they had occupied since 1923, and once they had withdrawn the German government could try to establish political stability. Socialists had become more popular with the middle classes, there were no more revolutions and even with all of these problems Weimar had survived! But there were still problems. A main problem was that no political party ever won a majority and so Germans were still voting for extreme parties. In 1925 Hindenburg was working for the Government and he didn't agree with the new system, he liked the old system i.e. ...read more.

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But the Dawes Plan sort of helped pay back reparations and helped to start repairing "friendships". Stresemann reintegrated Germany into Europe and international politics. At the Locarno conference in 1925 Germany was involved in the negotiations as an equal with the other European countries; she accepted the boundaries drawn at the Treaty of Versailles along her western border with France but no mention was made of the eastern boundaries and that lead to Germany entering the League of Nations 1926 and this showed that Germany wanted to make allies. The Young Plan gave them another chance to pay back reparations as it gave them more time to do so. In general I think that foreign policy recovered substantially because Germany had started to make amends, she was paying reparations, making allies and agreeing to treaties. Although she is making good recovery I think that to have total revival all three areas have to be completely recover y. I think that the recovery was good for the time being and could help them make a full recovery but in the long run I don't think that they recovered very significantly. I think that Germany has a long way to go before she has recovered fully. ...read more.

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