Weimar Germany: The French Occupation of the Ruhr Edexcel History 2A


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  •  Germany was struggling with reparations in 1923, so France 'helped themselves'.
  •  This crippled Germany and her economy-most of their mining industry was based there. However, it did little good for the French.
  •  German workers:
    • -refused to cooperate and work for the French.
    • -carried out strikes and riots.
    • -Killed some French workers when France brought their own workers in.
  •  German Government:
    • -agreed with the protestors.
    • -arranged a huge protest.
    • -encouraged strikes.
    • -gave money to strikers to help them.
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  •          Hatred grew for the weakened government and for the French.
  •          Workers of both countries were killed.
  •          Soldiers and the public killed a few people.
  •         When there were strikes, production was halted and the French Occupation was made useless.
  •          It also led to hyperinflation, because the occupation crippled Germany and the government had to print more paper money.
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