The Weimar Republic

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  • Weimar Constitution(1918-1929)
    • Strengths
      • Was a genuine democracy.
        • All men and women over the age of 20 could vote.
      • Strong because no one person/group could hold too much power.
    • Weaknesses
      • Proportional representation meant weak coalitions were only way to gain power and lead Germany.
      • Article 48 meant the President could bypass democracy.
    • Birth of the constitution
      • More democratic government created by Kaiser.
        • Kaiser lost support of his military and then his advisors.
          • He was forced to abdicate and fled.
      • The German Republic was born.
        • Ebert(president) admitted defeat and signed the armistice with the allies.
  • More democratic government created by Kaiser.
    • Kaiser lost support of his military and then his advisors.
      • He was forced to abdicate and fled.
  • The signing of the Treaty of Versailles
    • Paying £6.6 billion reparations to the allies.
    • Loss of land in Europe and all German colonies. Germany lost 10% 0f its land and 12.5% of its population.
    • Weimar Constitution(1918-1929)
      • Strengths
        • Was a genuine democracy.
          • All men and women over the age of 20 could vote.
        • Strong because no one person/group could hold too much power.
      • Weaknesses
        • Proportional representation meant weak coalitions were only way to gain power and lead Germany.
        • Article 48 meant the President could bypass democracy.
      • Birth of the constitution
        • The German Republic was born.
          • Ebert(president) admitted defeat and signed the armistice with the allies.
    • Accepting full responsibility for the war(Article 231 the 'War Guilt Clause').

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