Occupation of the Ruhr

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Occupation of the Ruhr

  • Germany had to pay reparations after the war but, economy got so bad that they defaulted on these reparations.
  • In February 1923, France occupied the Ruhr (richest industrial area in Germany) in order to use it to pay the compensation owed to them.
  • German workers went on strike and the French workers took over, forcing out 100,000 people.
  • The Germans responded to the occupation with passive resistance.
  • The German government printed off paper money as a way to overcome the defaulted reparations but, this just caused hyperinflation.
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