The Problems Germany Faced from 1918 to 1923

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The Problems Germany Faced from 1918 to 1923 The Weimar Republic was a democratic government that ran Germany when the Kaiser abdicated in November 1918. However running the country in the turbulent post war times was far from plain sailing, they had to deal with threats from left wing and right wing factions, the burden of the Versailles treaty and hyperinflation. Weimar survived these crises - but why was it able to? By the end of 1923 the worst was over for them. They had overcome all of these different areas of disaster, and having survived such turbulence as they had, it looked as though the Weimar democracy had a chance of taking root. However, there were several reasons for its survival; some of these reasons were indeed due to the strengths of the Weimar democracy, whereas some were due to the weakness of its opposition in allowing it to survive. The extremist force from both the Left and Right failed to attract much support and were both divided and disorganised. And although many of the army and elite were not committed to democracy, they were not yet prepared to overthrow it as they feared this could lead to greater chaos for themselves and their country. President Ebert used article 48, as intended to take firm action against the regime, and Stresemann tackled hyperinflation and the payment of reparations rather well. Constantly after the break up of the war the Government had to stop attempts from political groups from seizing power. There were many attempts from left wing groups to get what they wanted - the workers striked, there was a communist inspired Sparticist rising which tried to bring about a revolution. The ... ... middle of paper ... ...easily corruptible, the people were discontent and angry, but yet this wasn't enough to topple the government. It appears that as soon as a radical group such as the Nazi’s who were wiling to act on the government came along that could divert them away from the Weimar government they accepted it and used it to overthrow them. In my opinion the Weimar Republic would have served better in later years when it hit yet another crisis as evidence of Weimar's incompetence but considering the time period in question, the conditions were not dire enough for the majority to vote for the extremes and so this is why the government survived. In other words, Weimar Germany did not survive 1918-1923 because it was strong, but rather because the threats to its survival were too weak to overthrow them, they had virtually no opposition!
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