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How the Weimar Government Dealt with Problems Faced

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How well did the Weimar Government deal with the problems Germany faced between 1918-23?

The Weimar Government established in 1919, named after the city of Weimar (where the national assembly took place) upheld enormous responsibilities. Numerous problems were faced throughout this period between 1918 and 1923, which categorizes into these three factors of international relations, political unrest and economic hardship that caused instability across the country. Following World War 1, after emerging from the German Revolution in 1918, it was made clear that solutions had to be made. Although these problems were eventually resolved, there were flaws in the way the Weimar Government dealt with these problems, which in some unfortunate cases lead to even bigger complications.

The aftermath of World War 1 saw drastic changes across Europe in particular, disrupting Germany’s international relations amongst other countries, as they were to blame for this conflict. Coming out of the First World War, Germany was battered and bruised. The Kaiser’s departure after announcing defeat resulted to unrest. This issue was resolved through a new drawn up constitution by August 1919 that firstly made Germany more democratic than it had been under the Kaiser. Power was shared between the president and the chancellor so no person or single group had all the power. Friedrich Ebert the first president elected by the Assembly carefully gained support of powerful groups in society in result to overcome the opposition of protesters and gradually gain control of the country itself. In addition, the constitution had a number of strengths but with strengths come weaknesses. Firstly, proportional representations during the 1920’s had 28 parties represented to which even a party with a small number of votes gained seats. Therefore chancellors needed coalitions of several parties (usually democrats who all wanted different things making stable government difficult) to get majority...


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