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Main Facts
Gustav Stresemann became chancellor in
August 1923... but was Foreign Minister for
much longer
He believed Germany's problems could be
solved through careful management of the
country and working with other nations
Believed the only way to change the Treaty of
Versailles was through co-operation with foreign
countries (people like Hitler heartily disagreed!)
Many call the Stresemann era the "Golden
Years" of the Weimar Republic…read more

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What did he do??
Introduced a new currency (the Rentenmark)
and cut Government spending to counter
hyperinflation
Helped stifle political uprisings, notably the
Munich Putsch, and maintained a steady degree
of political stability. Extremist groups found it
hard to win seats during his era
He also arranged many international pacts and
alliances to improve inter-country relations…read more

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His work as a foreign minister, the role he
took after ending his chancellorship, was
particularly important....
1924- DAWES PLAN
­ Arranged a USA loan of 800 million marks
­ Decreased reparations sum owed
­ Increased the time in which reparations had to be
paid
1925- LOCARNO PACT
­ Germany, France & Belgium
­ Agreed to respect their borders
1926- JOINED LEAGUE OF NATIONS
­ Increased trust with other nations & improved
relations
1929- DAWES PLAN
­ Increased the time in which reparations had to be…read more

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Art & Culture
Improved architecture- blend of art &
engineering, Bauhaus group...
Lots of new art
New theatres and play writers, very successful
Lots of New German Literature
Painters
Jazz music etc
­ However some people saw all this as moral decline
­ They preferred traditional values
­ Saw jazz etc as unpatriotic…read more

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To sum up...
POSITIVES NEGATIVES
More friendly international Success was based on
relations huge loans
Political stability Seen as period of moral
Less demand from the decline by many
public for a return to the Hitler etc disagreed with
"good old days" of the foreign policy
Kaiser- people were Exports fell
beginning to accept the Farmers were in debt
republic
Some disliked the fact that
Achievements in art and the Treaty of Versailles had
design not been reversed, and
blamed the government…read more

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