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Why was the Weimar government on the verge of collapse by November 1923?

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Why was the Weimar government on the verge of collapse by November 1923? By 1923 Germany had reached a crisis point, politically, socially and economically. I will be explaining how the affects of different situations changed the country and how Germany dealt with such problems. First there was the flu epidemic, or Spanish Influenza. This killed thousands, merely within the first few days of its outbreak. It brought the country to social ruin, for so many died little hope was left. It was just after the war had been ended, and due to the lack of heating systems, food and clothes-because of the Blockade and payment in reparations, the German public were faced with a very long, cold and painful starvation. Because Germany had been left so poor after the war, they had to pay reparations not only in money but in coal and wood, etc. ...read more.

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The only crops available after a few months were turnips, so the poor had to live on these vegetables, often with nothing else to eat. The unemployment soon developed on to a larger scale, with thousands not working and starving to death. This meant the country had thousands of workers not working, so meant less work was being done. Again, another lack of money being produced. The hyperinflation was perhaps the most socially effective issue. It was the impact of the hyperinflation that reached the public. Their money was worthless, their life savings amounting to practically nothing. Prices rose by thousands every day, and the public were forced to get rid of their money by the hour. Fixed incomes meant the elderly would be getting barely anything as they couldn't change the amount received each month. ...read more.

Conclusion

It was an unfair contract which bound Germany to years of discrimination. From the war guilt clause to the amount of reparations paid, the treaty was too harsh by far. Ebert's government was dubbed 'the November criminals', and were frowned upon for agreeing to the armistice also, which lead on the Versailles treaty. The German public felt humiliated by France, Britain and the U.S.A, and had to live with the severe consequences of the Versailles treaty up until the late 1980's, when the last reparations were finally paid off. The public were also submitted to revolts in the city, and often walked in danger on the streets of Berlin. This was due to the political dangers of revolutionists such as the Spartakists. They were a Communists party who hated Ebert's government, and were lead by Rosa Luxemburg. She caused a political uproar, and was soon murdered by Government troops. Then there was the Kapp Putsch, and the Munich Putsch. ...read more.

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