Impacts of WWI on Weimar Germany

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Economic Effects:

Germany was virtually bankrupt:

  • War left 600,000 widows and 2 million children without fathers, so by 1925 the state was forced to spend about 1/3 of its already depleted budget on war pensions.
  • National income was about 1/3 of what it had been in 1913.
  • Industrial production was about 2/3 of what it had been in 1913.

Political Effects:

Germany was now an unstable, democratic republic:

  • War stress and anger led to a revolution in October-November 1918.
  • Ex-soldiers and civilians hated new democratic leaders and believed that leader Field Marshal Hindenburg had been betrayed by weak politicians.
  • Germany was used to having a strong, decisive leader, so the Weimar Republic was seen as…


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