Germany PART 1.

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  • Germany and the growth of democracy.
    • Kaiser Wilhelm II.
      • He was a strong believer in increasing Germany's naval and armed forces.
      • He wanted Germany to colonise and become the most powerful country in the world.
      • He disliked Britain because they had the strongest naval force.
      • He was forced to abdicate and go into exile in the Netherlands.
    • Impact of WW1.
      • Industrial output fell by over 40%.
      • Machinery was run by ill trained people because of how many people died in the war.
      • People were not physically fit because there was a huge food shortage.
    • The Weimar Republic.
      • It was an attempt to make Germany democratic.
      • It's two main weaknesses were Article 48 and    proportional   representation.
      • There was an elected President and Reichstag.
      • A  Bill of   Rights gave all people the right to vote.
    • Economy.
      • Hyperinflation meant people spent their life's savings on small things like bread.
      • The Treaty of Versailles meant Germany lost land, territory, machinery and natural resources.
      • It eventually became stable using mostly American loans.

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