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

The Weimar republic was doomed from the start. Discuss.

Extracts from this document...


´╗┐The Weimar republic was doomed from the start because of civilian resentment with the government, a flawed constitution that contained loopholes, the system of proportional representation, economic instability. After the treaty of Versailles was signed in 1919, german civilians were upset because Germany had admitted defeat and been forced to pay overwhelmingly expensive reparation payments to the allies. They felt betrayed by the democrats and November traitors who had signed the treaty of Versailles, associated with dishonor. The Weimar Republic also ended the military?s rule of the country, and placed the power in the people. Civilians were upset with this because they had great admiration for the military. Historian Hannah Vogt said that the men were to pick up the reins of government faced a tremendous, thankless task, exemplifying that the new leaders of Weimar were facing enormous civilian resentment towards the gov. ...read more.


This loophole doomed Weimar from the start because the leader of Germany could turn the state into authoritarian state with little effort. Proportional representation, which was included in the constitution, also led to weimar?s failure. The german Reichstag was made up of elected citizens and these citizens voted on which political party they wanted to control the government. The percentage of votes political parties got was equivalent to the amount of seats in the Reichstag they got. One political party needed a majority (51% of the votes) to maintain power. There were so many political parties that they had to create coallitons ? which is when two political parties joined together in order to get a majority. The problem with this is that two political parties may not have the same views and are prone to arguing. This doomed Weimar because no one could make decisions in the government, and power changed so many times that the civilians lost faith, and rules and laws were changed so frequently that it led to instability. ...read more.


It was hard for political parties to gain a majority and therefore it was hard for an extremist leader to take control. If there had been less extremist left and right winged parties, they system might have worked. The civilians voted, allowing them to have a voice. In terms of the constitution, it was great, except for article 48. It gave people democratic rights, men and women were equal, armed forces were to be kept at a minimum, there was religious freedom and everyone could vote (over 20). Historian William Shirer argues that the constitution had admirable devices which seemed to guarantee the working of an almost flawless democracy. In spite of this, the social, economic and political situation of Germany after ww1 did not allow for a perfect democracy or cooperation among political parties. The Weimar republic was doomed from the start because of civilian resentment with the government, a flawed constitution that contained loopholes, the system of proportional representation, economic instability. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate History 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 International Baccalaureate History essays

  1. Was the Weimar Republic doomed from the start?

    Farmers found that they were also getting little return on their produce, meaning that many were suffering from severe poverty. By having this feeling of aversion to the government, it is hardly surprising that it was not able to become the permanent solution to Germany's problems.

  2. Can the period between 1924-1929 really be called the Golden period for the Weimar ...

    goods from the year of 1928, where over one third of the farms were running at loss. In the 1928 elections the KDP gained over 10 per cent of the vote; the Nazis made significant gains especially in the rural areas where peasant farmers and Junkers were becoming extremely hostile to the regime.

  1. The cold war - the conferences and the start of the cCold War

    There was a left wing coalition in 1945. The leaders of the other parties were executed and the communists took power e) Baltic States. Estonia Latvia and Lithuania were all under soviet and communist rule. Finland hung on to a precarious independence f)

  2. Weimar Republic

    elite reinforced its suspicions of the new democratic system * Arbitration system: protected workers but aroused resentment of employers who complained about 'political wages' * 1928, ruhr industrialists rejected an arbitration award and locked out 250,000 workers in attempt to break off the power of unions and defeat compulsory arbitration Therefore, there were growing tensions between employers and working class.

  1. Prohibition: an inevitable failure?

    Explain your answer. Firstly, I shall analyze both sources, with background knowledge, and thereafter compare them, to see which source is more reliable. Source E. Taking the provenance of this source into account, Source E was written in 1932, by a wealthy industrialist.

  2. u.s. constitution

    There are many other sections to the Fifth Amendment, overall it serves to protect the rights of the people in and out of the courtroom. 6. -1791- Right to Speedy Trial, Confrontation of Witnesses. a. The Sixth Amendment prevents cases from being delayed for an extended period of time, allows

  1. Waimar Republic - The first years of rule

    ConsuL Organists was the military threat from the right. They had assiaoamat key republican politicians, and they were responsible for 354 out of 376 political murders in the year 1919-22. (The result was from the left). Most significant, though, was the Kapp putsch.

  2. To what extent can Berlin or Vienna can be held accountable for the start ...

    Thus the initiative for war at the beginning of the July Crisis lay in Vienna as a consequence of its military ambitions and its Foreign policy. The Habsburg Empire thought that early and decisive action against Serbia with the full consensus of Germany (blank cheque 5th July 1914)

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