Impact of the Depression

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  • Impact of the Depression
    • Economic
      • Reduced demand for imported goods
      • Declining industrial production
        • 1929-32 - 58% of 1928 level
      • Heavy impact on industrial areas - Ruhr, Silesia
      • Farmers - decreased prices/exports
    • Social
      • Towns relying on certain industries hit hard
        • E.g Brand Erbisdorff
          • half of population recieving welfare
      • Welfare system overwhelmed
      • Rising poverty, disease, suicide
    • Political
      • March '30 - Bruning govt collapse
        • DVP wanted to reduce unemployment
        • SPD wanted to raise taxes
      • Sept 30 - Reichstag elections, major gains by Nazis/Comm.
      • Caused collapse of Grand Coalition
  • Extreme left/right parties increased support
  • More political violence
  • Bruning had no majority - most laws by decree

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