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The Main Threat to the Weimar Republic in the Period 1919-23 Was the Extreme Right" How Far Do You Agree with This Judgement?

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The main threat to the Weimar Republic in the period 1919-23 was the extreme right" How far do you agree with this judgement?
The Weimar Republic was created at a time of confusion and chaos after Germany had lost the First World War. Many people felt that Germany had received a very harsh deal in the Treaty of Versailles and they resented the government for signing it and agreeing to its conditions.
In the period 1919-23 there were threats to the stability of the Weimar Republic, it faced violent uprisings from various groups, not to mention devastating economic problems. Some coming from Kapp Putsch and the extreme right, others coming from the left, reparations and the Ruhr Crisis. The threats came because of opposition to the new Weimar Republic and the way it was to be run.
In March 1920, there was a rebellion - the Kapp Putsch - that aimed to set up a new government as the rebels were angry at them for signing the Treaty of Versailles.
Right wing had been enemies to the republic as they didnt believe in democracy and accused the politicians who now led Germany betrayed the fatherland. Some people wanted to see restoration of the monarchy whilst others advocated a dictatorship, as well as in areas such as Bavaria there were groups that fought for seperation from the rest of Germany and others who wanted it to be united. Right wing ideas were strong amongst members of the friekorps (German volunteer units that existed from the 18th century to the early 20th, the members of which effectively fought as mercenaries, regardless of their own nationalities) and the army. It also had extra supporters such as large landowners, industrialists, civil servants, police and judges of the republic relied were also traditional conservative anti-republicans.
The Nazi party was a right-wing, authoritarian, and nationalist German party founded in 1919 and led from 1921 by Hitler. It took power when Hitler was offered the post chancellor in 1933 and dominated German life...

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