The Weimar Republic 1919-1921

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The Weimar Republic

German ruler, Kaiser William was forced to abdicate in 1919 as he was blamed for Germany's defeat in WW1. A republic was set up the following day under it's new President, Friedrich Ebert, the leader of the Social Democratic Society. On 11 November, the new republic (called the Wiemar Republic as it was set up in the German town of Weimar) signed the armistice (ceasefire). By doing this, the Weimar Republic already became very unpopular with the German people.

The "stab in the back" theory was a belief that The Weimar Republic signed the armistice when some Germans felt they were on the verge of winning. (which was not the case) Some soldiers felt very betrayed and found it difficult to accept defeat even though the Republic was forced to sign the peace otherwise the Allies (France, England and America) would continue the war and would thrash Germany. Although the "myth" was not true, many believed it was making the new republic very unpopular to begin with.

Strengths of the Constitution

Constitution- System of rules by which a country is governed.

The new Constitution had many strengths. Such include that all Germans had equal rights, including the right to vote. Proportional representation (seats given to the parties in the Reichtag, German parliament) made sure that all the parties had a fair share

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