Problems facing Ebert and the Weimar republic

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Problems facing Ebert and the Weimar republic- The

  • The success of the new governmental system depended upon the German people accepting it
  • Many ex-soldiers and civilians depised the new democratic leaders and came to believe that the heroic leader Field Marshall Hindenburg had been betrayed by weak politicians.
  • They believed that the Weimar supporters have betrayed the government and let them down.
  • They believed that the Army had been stabbed in the back.
  • Kaiser's old supporters kept their positions int the government. In the short term it kept stability, but in the long term it was bad because they were anti-democratic.
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Problems facing Ebert and the Weimar republic- The

  • Huge gaps between the living standards of the rich and poor
  • Many of the German workers were bitter at the restrictions placed on their earnings during the war while factory owners made vast fortunes from the war.
  • Women worked in the factories, which was untraditional.
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Problems facing Ebert and the Weimar republic- The

  • Industrial production was about two thrids of what it was in 1913.
  • National income was about one third of what is was in 1913.
  • The treaty of Versailles-(see seperate section concerning this in detail)
  • In 1925 they were still spending about one third of their budget on war pension
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Problems facing Ebert and the Weimar republic- The

  • 600,000 widows
  • There was a revolution in October-Novemer 1918 due to stresses of the war
  • 2,000,000 children without farthers.
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