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Unit 5: "Stresemann Years" of the Weimar Republic

Relative Political Stability

The middle years of the Weimar republic were marked by an absence of the
attempts at extra-parliamentary action typified in the 1918-23 period by the
Spartacist uprising. Kapp-Luttwitz Putsch etc.
However these years were not ones of political stability…

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plan involved Germany accepting that it would have to continue paying
The plan was approved in the Reichstag on the 29th of August 1924.

Obstruction by the SPD

The new coalition of January 1925 was led by Hans Luther. The coalition
excluded the socialists but included members of the…

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Election May 1928

The election of May 1928 was an important turning point for the Weimar
Republic. The left made important gains such as the SPD's seats increasing
along with the KPD.
By the time the SPD was prepared to form a coalition after the May election
victory of 1928,…

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However the right were defeated and the Reichstag passed the Young Plan
legislation in March 1930, although events were increasingly becoming
overshadowed by the Wall Street Crash in October 1929.

Collapse of the Grand Coalition

Much of the economic recovery of the mid-1920's had relied on short-term
loans from abroad.…

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Foreign Policy ­ Better Relations with the Allies

From 1919 to 1924 relations between the Allies and Germany were poor
from the Treaty of Versailles along with other problems contributed to a
continuing mistrust. However 1924 brought a change in attitudes on all
The election of a labour government…

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Yet there were economic side effects to the improvement in diplomatic
relations: for example a commercial treaty was signed between France and
Germany in 1927.


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