Fall in Weimar Goverment

Just some notes on the key causes of the fall in weimar republic, as well as key figures.

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Weimar fall
Short Term
Great Depression
o Had to pay back their short term loans
o Exports plummeted
o Prices and wages fell in Germany as a result
o Unemployment rose drastically at its worst 6,100,00 unemployed Jan 1933
Welfare had to pay for it
Business are lost around 500,00 businesses close
o 5 Banks collapsed
Political instability
o Fall in the Reichstag government
o Loss of the democratic parties
o Article 48
o Dissolution of the Reichstag
o Papen
Wanted a right wing party
Abused the government for his own personal gain
He made himself the mayor of Prussia because he knew no one would help
Enabled Nazis to have the constitutional right to form own government
o Bruning
Allowed Nazi's to gain a foothold into the government because of the
propositional voting
Underestimated the Nazi's popularity
Abused the use of Article 48
Long term
o Reliance's on loans from varies countries
o Hyper-inflation
o Reparations
o Cost of WW1
Treaty of Versailles
o because it restricted them as a country from developing as a country
o War guilt ­ Betrayed, Humiliation, anger, bitterness
o Divisions of German land
o All gets deflected towards Weimar
New constitution
o Coalition government that don't deal with threats they are with
o Article 48 the president has too much presidents

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o Proportionally representation of parties
Weimar Destroyers
Heinrich Bruning (Chancellor)
o Was to propose cuts in Government expenditure
o He used Article 48 in order to allow his economic proposal to be put in place
o He tries to raise taxes
Because Reichstag voted against the use of Article 48 however this caused a stalemate as
article 48 gave the president the power to absolve the ruling
September 1930 asked Hindenburg to dissolve the Reichstag and call another election
o Thus allowed a…read more

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Collapse of sevaral banks in June 1931 revived fear of the financial crises
Democrats especially the SPD and trade unions gave in without any real oppositions
In July 1932 Nazis had won 230 seats…read more


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