Gustav Stresemann and the Golden Age of Weimar

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  • Was Stresemann the cause of the golden age of Weimar
    • Foreign relations
      • Yes
        • Entrance into the League of Nations, 1926
          • Stresemann was greatly respected by the allied countries
        • Locarno Pact, 1925
          • France, Belgium and Germany agreed to respect each others borders
        • Kellog-Briand Pact, 1928
          • Promised to not use war to resolve disputes or conflicts
      • No
        • Stresemann was very reliant on support from the USA
          • Dawes (1924) and Young (1929) Plans
        • Can be argued that there was no golden age without the USA
    • Political
      • able to achieve majority vote
      • Leader of the SPD
        • Formed part of 6 coalition governments
      • No
        • Not only stresemann
      • other parties were more willing to compromise with Stresemann
    • Economic
      • Introduced new currency
        • Rentenmark
        • Backed by land used for agriculture and business
      • Dawes Plan (1924)
        • reduced payments
        • Germany would use loans to pay GB and FR, who would then pay USA for outstanding war loans
        • Charles Dawes
      • Young Plan (1929)
        • Further reduction made to reparations
        • Owen Young
        • Helped to restart the German economy
    • Culture/Social
      • Architecuture
        • Walter Gropius
        • Bauhaus movement
          • use of glass, steel and other raw materials
      • Stresemann was not the cause of golden age of culture
      • Art
        • George Grosz
        • New objectivity
      • Music
        • Atonal music
          • Schonberg
      • Berlin Nightclubs
        • very accepting of the LGBT community
        • greatly influenced by American and British Jazz
      • Women
        • Sexual freedoms
        • Divorce and abortions were legal
        • Right to vote - political freedoms
      • Young people
        • Middle class benefited the most
    • Overall Judgement  -Stresemann was the cause of the golden age of Weimar in terms of establishing foreign relations, the economy and politics but not culturally
  • Culture/Social
    • Architecuture
      • Walter Gropius
      • Bauhaus movement
        • use of glass, steel and other raw materials
    • Stresemann was not the cause of golden age of culture
    • Art
      • George Grosz
      • New objectivity
    • Music
      • Atonal music
        • Schonberg
    • Berlin Nightclubs
      • very accepting of the LGBT community
      • greatly influenced by American and British Jazz
    • Women
      • Sexual freedoms
      • Divorce and abortions were legal
      • Right to vote - political freedoms
    • Young people
      • Middle class benefited the most

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