Exploring the Reasons Behind Public's Discontent with the Weimar Government

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Exploring the Reasons Behind Public's Discontent with the Weimar Government There were a number of reasons why the German people were unhappy with the Weimar government. One of the main reasons for this was the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The result of this was that Germany has to take the war guilt, Germany had to pay reparations of 6,600 million marks to the allies in particular France, Germany lost its colonies, it lost its air force & tanks, and its soldiers were restricted to 100,000. The Ruhr was demilitarised. Also they lost their colonies and its land was cut up such as the Polish Corridor and Alsace Lorraine. This angered many Germans and the soldiers labelled the Weimar Government the “November Criminals” because they couldn’t believe they had lost and thought that the Government easily gave up. The German people were also angry because after the signing the German economy was bad as many wee unemployed, homeless and starving. We can see hear that right from the start the people were unhappy as the Government had done a terrible thing by the signing and it lead to consequences. Many Germans who were opposition to the Government such as the left and tight-wing parties were unhappy with the Ebert- Groener deal. Ebert at this time was afraid that as the government was weak it could have been overthrown. The deal meant that Ebert had the army on his side as long as Groener still had his powers. Germans were unhappy with this because this benefited Ebert rather than the people. Now with the deal Ebert was able to suppress opposition. Example of this would be the Spartacist Uprising being crushed in 1919 and the death of the Communist leaders. Many Germans would be unhappy because they could see that Ebert was using the army and Freikorps to suppress opposition which meant they weren’t allowed to demonstrate their ideas. Also the Freikorps methods were very harsh and many Germans saw that this was wrong and wasn’t democratic to which the Government was aiming to make Germany as.

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