Stresemann's success at home & abroad

Edexcel gcse 9-1 Weimar & Nazi Germany 


Stresemann's success

Gustav Stresemann resigned chancellorship in Nov 1923 but stayed foreign secretary til 1929. His work in foreign affairs: 

  • Strengthened German people's confidence in Weimar Republic
  • Reduced support for extremists parties like Nazi's & communists  
  • increased support in moderate parties 
  • reduced economic hardships of Germans 

Stresemann instrumental in international pacts/agreements e.g. Locarno Pact, League of Nations, Kellogg-Briad Pact 

Stresemann most important achievements in economic & foreign policy.

His main aim was to stabilise the Weimar Republic in Germany 

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Locarno Pact 1925

Was an agreement between Germany, Britain, Italy & Belgium. It stated that: 

  • Germany agreed to new border with France- Improving relations with France 
  • Allies and Germany agreed to permanent dimilitarisation of Rhineland 
  • Germany becoming part of League of Nations was being considered 

Why it was Success for Germany? 

  • improved relations with France on the Border agreement 
  • Locarno Pact was not imposed on Germany 
  • increased Status and popularity of Weimar Republic 
  • Helped boost confidence in more moderate political parties 
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League of Nations

An international body who hoped to discuss world problems in order to prevent resorting to war Set up in 1920 but Germany initially exculded but in 1926 invited to join and become member of the council 

Why was it success for Germany? 

  • showed Germany's view counted 
  • Boosted confidence of most German's in Weimar Government 
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Kellogg-Briand Pact 1928

Agreement between 62 nations- commited countries to avoid the use of war to achieve foreign policy objectives 

Why was it a success for Germany? 

  • Showed Germany was again a major power 
  • showed moderate political parties could build Germany's Strength internationally 
  • increased public confidence on Germany's leadership 
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Problems still

Discontent over: 

  • hated terms of Treaty of Versailles still in place 
  • To some League of Nations a symbol of unpopular Treaty of Versailles 
  • Some disliked confirmation of new border with France 
  • Extremist parties still existed
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