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The Spartacist Uprising

Background information:
o 9 November 1918- Kaiser Wilhelm II had been abdicated and Germany
declared as a Republic with Ebert, leader of SPD (Sozialdemokatische
Partei Deutschlands/German Social Democratic Party) as Chancellor.
He announces the formation of a provisional coalition government
before elections are held to elect the…

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Propaganda:
A Spartacist poster created in November 1918.
Targeted at "men and women of labour!"
"The Communist Revolution has come to Germany. The soldiers, who
for 4 years were driven to the slaughterhouse of the trenches to fill rich
men's pockets, have revolted. The workers, who for 4 years were…

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First but ridiculous attempt to overthrow Republic. This attempt
highlighted the vulnerability of Ebert's hold on power and the volatility of
Germany at that time. However, Ebert survived the first bid for his power.
It reminded people of the threat of Communism. Communism was a major
threat to Germany at…

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Each state took control of their policing and education systems etc. They
exercised considerable control over their own affairs.

President Powers

Elected every seven years.
Appointed chancellor.
Commander of Armed Forces.
Right to dissolve Reichstag.
Article 48 ­ In state of emergency he had power to rule by degree and…

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Elite still remain
No reforms. There was no change to the status quo within society. Elite still remain in
their powerful positions.
Civil service.
Judiciary.
Army.
Weimar Republic attempts to instil democracy into Germany the elites still powerful
remain loyal to the days of Imperial Rule.






























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