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"Weimar Republic governments were remarkably successful in dealing with the economic and political problems that they faced 1919-23" Do you agree?

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GCSE Politics

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"Weimar Republic governments were remarkably successful in dealing with the economic and political problems that they faced 1919-23" Do you agree?

When the Republic was first 'born' in 1919 they faced a huge amount of problems - both internal and external. Not only did they have a remarkably unstable government, but also faced threats from both the left and the right. Furthermore to this their economic problems were extremely acute. Historians such as Stephen Lee believe that the government "emerged by 1924 with a stability that suggested reasonable success". Whether this is to be taken as true or not, it cannot necessarily be taken as true that the government were responsible for creating that stability. To decipher their role in stabilising events between 1919-23 it is necessary to look at each problem individually and asses the governments role and the outcome of these events.

At the very heart of problems was the fact that the government was remarkably unstable. Hannah Vogt believes that 'the men who were to pick up the reins of government faced a tremendous, thankless task'. With this in mind it is obvious the need for a stable government was great, as they

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