Stresemann and the "Golden Years" - Germany

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  • Stresemann and the 'Golden Years'
    • Political stability
      • Coalitions were not stable - the SDP and liberals could not agree
      • Parties supporting democracy did well. By 1925 they had 136 seats more than the Nazis
      • Hindenburg was elected as president in 1925 and he replaced the SDP with the DNVP
    • Social improvements
      • Wages rose; an eight-hour day was introduced and welfare improved
      • There were still financial extremes and farmers were earning half the average
    • Foreign policy success?
      • The Locarno Treaties of 1925 guaranteed Germany's frontiers with France and Belgium
      • Germany joined the League of Nations in 1926
      • Allied Disarmament Commission withdrew in 1927
      • The Young Plan was signed in 1929 - Britain and France would leave the Rhineland
    • Cultural flourishing
      • Architectural flourishing: the Bauhaus Group
      • New Objectivity Movement
      • The film industry grew and became more liberal
      • Jazz became popular
    • Economic recovery
      • By 1927 industrial production had reached pre-First World War levels
      • Dawes Plan - 800 Million loan
      • Germany rose export costs and became dependent on loans
      • Agriculture was hit by a depression in in 1927
    • Success?
      • The republic did not win left/right wing loyalty
      • The economy was burdened
      • Governments were short-lived

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