The Stresemann Era

A concise presentation which looks at both sides of the question "Was the period 1924-1929 really a golden age for Germany?"

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Was the period 1924-1929 really a golden
age for Germany?
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The good bits The not so good bits
Economic Growth Economic uncertainty
Peaceful politics Secret political plots
Cultural activities Cultural disgrace
Foreign friendships Stab in the back theory
Growing support for Weimar Secret Extremism
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In 1924 The Dawes Plan was signed, and the USA
lent Germany 800million marks
In 1925 Stresemann negotiated the Locarno
treaty which meant that Germany accepted the
terms of the treaty of Versailles on Land,
ownership and keeping the Rhineland
demilitarised. Germany also agreed to not use
force to settle disagreements in the future
In 1926 Stresemann made Germany a member of
the League of Nations which would protect it
from future invasion
In 1929 The Young Plan reduced reparations
payments even more
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What was it? How did it benefit What were the
Germany? problems?
The Dawes Plan - Germany was lent 800 million marks What would Germany do if
1924 to help it out of the depression America wanted it's money
back? Also, not everyone got
rich e.g. farmers and teachers
Peaceful politics Parties who supported Weimar did Extremist parties like the
well because people saw Weimar Nazis used this time to
improving their lives and voted for reorganise their parties
them behind the scenes
Culture German cinema, artists, writers and Some people (e.g.- The
poets did very well. People went out Wandervogel group) believed
and enjoyed themselves, and new that Germanys moral history
clubs and bars opened was being flushed away
Foreign Relations The Locarno Treaty prevented future Some people did not want to
disputes and The League of Nations be connected to other
prevented future invasion countries and felt that
Stresemann was stabbing
them in the back by
improving foreign relations
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The period 1925-1929 is often considered to be the golden era of
Weimar Germany's political history. Was this a real 'golden age'
Stresemann was a hardworking and honest politician who had the
respect of many overseas political leaders. He used this respect to
great effect and ensured the economic stability of the nation
through the successful negotiation of the Dawes and Young plans.
These limited the amount of reparation that Germany had to pay
and used loans to stabilise a new Germany currency.
Sensible and progressive foreign policies enabled Germany to come
out of the imposed isolation. Germany was finally allowed to
become a member of the league of nations in 1925 as a result of
the Locarno treaties. This, along with the previously mentioned
economic developments ensured that German self esteem was
significantly improved, and many of the woes of the early 1920's
were forgotten as life, in general was improving for the majority
of Germans.
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However not all was well in Stresemann's Germany. There was still
political instability as no one party could gain a majority in the
republic. This meant that decision making was difficult and could
easily be overturned at the whim of a minority of
parliamentarians. Unemployment did not fall, indeed it rose in the
period: which lead to further economic problems.
Further to this it was the case that, despite a general upturn in
Germanic fortunes, the nation relied heavily upon the ongoing
support of the USA. This support enabled not only the stability of
Germany but enabled the high levels of payments that the Weimar
government was making on benefits and health care. This reliance
would, in time, prove to be disastrous for the German government
and democracy.
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