By 1932, the collapse of the Weimar Republic was inevitable due to a number on incidents and poor decisions that had ended the party, but also ended democratic rule since 1919. From the very beginning, the Weimar republic had little support from both the left and right wing. Those on the left wing had no respect for the government. Those on the right wing also had no respect for the government as it had ‘betrayed’ them. Outbreaks of violence, the constant recurrence of economic problems and the Great Depression all contributed to the collapse of the Weimar Republic in 1932.
From the beginning of the Republic’s political reign, there was a general lack of respect present for the new government. At the time, Germany had great admiration for the army, and saw the army as the rightful leaders of the country. Their defeat in World War I saw the new government being forced to accept the Treaty of Versailles. There was great opposition for the treaty, with it being seen associated with defeat and dishonour, and had left the society of Germany in long-term bitterness and humiliation. The people of Germany felt betrayed by the new government as it signed a treaty that basically took away their pride and freedom. The acceptance of the Treaty of Versailles sowed the seeds of discontent, which grew evident from the years 1919 to 1923 where outbreaks of violence showed the government’s incapability to control the situations.
From 1919 to 1923, a series of outbreaks of violence highlighted the Weimar Republic’s weakness. In January 1919, an event known as The Sparcist Uprising had occurred. Led by Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg, the extreme left of German politics had sought to overthrow the state like the communist revolution in Russia. Demonstrations broke out in Berlin with a number of key buildings, such as the railway station and the office of the socialist newspaper Vorwarts, in Berlin being seized. The... [continues]
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