Explain how Germany suffered from social and economic problems up to 1923 and how it had begun to recover by the end of 1924.
After Germany lost the war it was announced in January 1921 they had to pay out large sums of money to the countries they had destroyed. These reparations totalled up to an amazing 6.6 billion marks. Most of this money was owed to Belgium and France and was to be paid in instalments. Germany just about managed to gather enough money to pay the first instalment but in December 1922 they announced they could not afford to meet the next payment. French (France being the country owed the most money) and Belgian troops, believing this was just Germany’s way of avoiding the payments, invaded the Ruhr, Germany’s industrial region to attempt to take back to France what was rightfully theirs in supplies such as coal, steel, and iron ore.