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Was the Weimar Republic doomed from the start?

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Was the Weimar Republic doomed from the start? Lauren White - DP2 - History - Mrs. Palthe - 2nd October 2009 The Weimar Republic was declared on the 11th of November 1918, after World War One to try and get easier war terms for changing into a democracy. It existed till 1933, when Hitler became Chancellor and began to turn Germany into a diplomatic state. In the Republic, the SPD, Centre Party and the DDP made up the coalition government due the SPD not being able to gain a majority in elections. Despite the best efforts of the government, the Weimar Republic did not last. Unfortunately, the Weimar Republic was doomed from the start due to the people of Germany not being ready for democracy, opposition from Right and Left wing parties, the economic and social problems, and the upset of the German public with the Treaty of Versailles. One of the reasons why the Weimar Republic was doomed from the outset was the fact that the German people were not ready to be considered either Republicans or part of a democracy. ...read more.

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Therefore, once the SDP came to power the KPD tried to fight against them as much as possible. Although they didn't really make a difference, they did gain some more votes when it came to elections between 1919 and 1932. The Right wing however, was much more active. This side of politics also held the NSDAP party, otherwise more known as the Nazi Party. The NSDAP gained a considerable amount of seats in the government during the elections of 1920 to 1933. It was the NSDAP party that influenced the failure of the Weimar Republic the most, and this party that eventually stopped the Weimar Republic with the rise of Hitler. Hence this being an important reason as to why the Republic was not to survive permanently. A third reason that contributes to the failure of the Republic is the economic and social problems that appeared during and after the war. Economically, Germany borrowed and printed a considerable amount of money to pay off the war and this caused sky-high inflation and huge national debts that had to be paid off by the new government. ...read more.

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The Weimar Republic was set up to try and help Germany with post-war terms; however, it did not work out as planned. Despite the success between 1924 and 1929, problems from the beginning of Weimar brought it to its knees in 1933. All the problems mentioned above are linked in some way or another, and each contributed to the failure of the Weimar Republic. What happened after Weimar could have been prevented, if only the Republic had been strong enough to survive. WORD COUNT: 948 1 Culpin, Christopher, and Ruth Henig. Modern Europe 1870-1945 (Longman Advanced History). New York: Longman, 1997, 266. 2 Morris, Terry, and Derrick Murphy. Europe 1870-1991 (Flagship History Ser). New York: HarperCollins UK, 2006, 291. 3 Mrs. Palthe. 4 Morris, Terry, and Derrick Murphy. Europe 1870-1991 (Flagship History Ser). New York: HarperCollins UK, 2006, 291. 5 5 Morris, Terry, and Derrick Murphy. Europe 1870-1991 (Flagship History Ser). New York: HarperCollins UK, 2006, 294. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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