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Introduction
· There is little debate among
historians as to the aim of
Stresemann's foreign policy,
which was to restore
Germany's "great power"
status. Yet some have claimed
that Stresemann failed in his
main foreign policy objective
of revising the Versailles
Treaty. But this has been
countered by those who point
to Stresemann's considerable
success given the difficult
international situation in
which he was operating.…read more

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Argument For
· Fulfilment- Significant progress was made towards the revision of
some of the articles of the Versailles Treaty that dominated foreign
policy during this period. This was done by "fulfilment" i.e. by
fulfilling the terms of the treaty Germany could show how unjust
and unworkable they were.
· Soviet Union- Simultaneously, Germany worked towards
agreement with the soviet union as shown by the Treaty of Berlin of
1926, which prompted the Western Powers into a more sympathetic
approach to Germany.
· Locarno- The achievements of German diplomacy in the
Stresemann era are considerable, in particular the understanding
with France over the occupation of the Rhineland.…read more

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Argument For
· Revision of Versailles-
The fact the solution to the
problem of the Rhineland was
linked to reparations
payments by the Young Plan
in 1929-30 was testimony to
both the desire of all parties
to find a collective solution to
the problems facing them, but
also the success of
Stresemann's tactics to effect
a revision of the Versailles
treaty.…read more

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Argument
For
· Growing diplomatic influence- Most importantly Stresemann's
policies resulted in Germany regaining diplomatic influence and the
ability to influence allies. The most important aspects of the revision
of the Versailles treaty were the two plans to reorganise reparations
i.e. Dawes and Young Plans, which gave Germany some breathing
space to develop her economy.
· The Dawes Plan- There is little doubt that the Dawes Plan was
fundamental in strengthening the German industrial base and in
developing better relations with the USA, in particular improving
trade.
· The Young Plan- The Young Plan of 1929 was Stresemann's last
major diplomatic achievement. Most importantly, it linked the
evacuation of the Rhineland to the revision of reparation payments.…read more

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Argument
Against
The Success Stresemann enjoyed was not recognised universally in
Germany, where there was no apparent consensus on the best tactics
to force a revision of the Versailles Treaty. In this sense, therefore, it is
impossible to conclude that Stresemann's diplomacy resulted in
domestic political stability.…read more

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