Invasion of the Ruhr

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  • French and Belgian Invasion of the Rhur
    • The Crisis Years: 1919-1923
      • The Weimar Republic was born in a face of adversity. Most Germans hate the Treaty and hated the Government, Germans suffered and extremists tried to overthrow the Government.
    • Invasion of the Ruhr
      • -In 1923, German Government was unable to pay the reparations required under the Treaty.
      • -French and Belgian Governmentsresponded by sending in troops to the Ruhr, the main centre of Germanys coal, iron and steel production
      • -The German people were outraged and organised a Passive Resistance campaign
      • -The French then responded by bringing in their own workers into the mines and began arresting leaders of the resistance movement
    • Hyperinflation
      • The occupation of the Ruhr led to a collapse in the German economy
      • There was massive inflation, worsened by the Governments plan which was to print more money
      • This inflation, coupled with unemployment led to terrible hardship amongst the German people
      • This problem grew until a state of Hyperinflation was present in Germany
      • Workers would usually carry their wages home in wheelbarrows, which were usually worth more than the money inside them


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