Describe the Problems the Weimar Republic Faced in the Early 1920’s

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The Weimar Republic faced a lot of problems during the 1920’s. Germany had just been defeated in the First World War and the Government that had just come into power had no other choice but to sign the Armistice. The German people was angered by this because they believed that they had been ‘stabbed in the back’ which I will explain later in this essay. There was then a peach group that was formed called The Treaty of Versailles but this Treaty didn’t look favourably on Germany and made German pay huge reparations which were around £6600 million pounds as well as taking 13% of their land away from the Germans. I think the largest problem the Weimar Republic faced was The Treaty of Versailles. The Treaty was received very badly within Germany because the Germans felt like they were being unfairly treated. The Germans felt this way because the nation was getting the full blame of the war and the treaty had decided that all Germany’s overseas colonies were to be taken away. This then enabled allies to demand compensation from Germany for all the damage that had been caused. The treaty stated that not only did the Germans have to accept full responsibility in the war but also they would have to pay huge reparations that were thought to be around £6600 million pounds. As the Germans land was taken away from them a huge 12.5% of the German population now found themselves living on the outside of the new German boarders which meant that some previously German people would now have to learn a new language depending on which country owned the land they lived in. The treaty also ordered for the German army to be reduced down to just 100,000 people which was a huge cut to what they were before. The Treaty of Versailles had a clear link to the ‘Stab in the Back’ because it was the stab in the back that the Germans felt because Ebert had decided to because he didn’t really have a choice at the time to sign the terms of the Treaty of Versailles but the German people didn’t realise this because the government had being spreading propaganda which led the Germans to believe they were winning the war so when they found out that they were being defeated they were angry at their government and thought it was a weak government for signing the Treaty of Versailles. Hyper inflation also has an important link to the Treaty of Versailles because Germany was forced to pay £6600 million as reparations to the treaty which then led to the Germany marks to become worthless, therefore I believe it was because of the Treaty of Versailles that then created the problem of Hyper Inflation. During the 1920’s in Germany, Hyper Inflation was a problem because Germany had to pay back so much money in reparations. This then caused the value of German Money to drop drastically and hyper inflation had few positives however the positives were that they people in Germany who were previously in debt could easily pay it off because they were earning so much money however the money was worthless. It was also a positive for business men as they could also pay off any loans they had taken out to start up their businesses. Although there are a few positives for hyper inflation they is far more negatives that out weight the positives. These were the German people who had savings were hit the hardest because all their lives they had been saving and now the money was worthless so they had lost everything. An example of the money being worthless was that just before the 1920’s in 1919, 6000 marks would of been a small fortune for the working man however by 1923, 6000 marks couldn’t even buy a stamp for a letter. Workers were also hit pretty badly because their wage increases just couldn’t keep up with the constant rising of prices in Germany. Hyper inflation and the workers that were hit because of it also links onto the invasion of the Ruhr because the workers decided that they were just going to stop working and passively resisted attending work. The workers had stopped...
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