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Weimar Germany
Was Weimar Germany
doomed from the start?

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What continuing impact did the defeat
in the 1WW and the TOV have on the
Weimar Republic?
End of 1WW
Germany forced to become
democratic at end of 1WW ­ Kaiser
abdicates. Weimar Republic set up.
The Versailles settlement
Caused bad feeling in Ger ­ Polish
Corridor, War Guilt, reparations,…

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Political Disorder
· 1919 Spartacist Revolt
Left-wing organisation that felt
that Ebert had betrayed
Germany. Ebert used Free Corps.

· 1923 Kapp Putsch
Right wing group took control of
Berlin.

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Hyper-inflation 1923
· Ger gov prints more money in
attempt to meet reparation
repayments.
· Ger could not afford
reparation repayments and
stopped paying.
· France invades the Ruhr.
· Ger. Gov prints more money to
pay workers to strike.

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Effects of hyper-inflation
· Value of money decreases as more
money printed.
· People with savings lose out as savings
worthless ­ M/C
· People with pensions lose out as
payment not linked to inflation and so
worthless.
· People paid frequently so they can
spend it whilst it still…

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End of hyper-inflation
· Stresemann Chancellor and
orders end of strikes.

· New currency introduced-
Rentenmark.

· Begins reparation payments
again.

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German and the international
scene


· Dawes and Young Plan

· Join League of Nations

· Locarno Treaties.

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Culture during Weimar Germany
· The 1920s became in Germany a time of real
cultural creativity, with developments in
Architecture, Art, Books, Films and Cabaret.

· Famous names of this period include:
the Bauhaus school of architecture, founded by
Walter Gropius and including

· the artist Paul Klee.

· the…

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