History: What was the Weimar Constitution?

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What is a constitution?
A country's rules on how they are to be governed.
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What did article 48 say?
That in an emergency the president could make laws without going to the Reichstag first.
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Who was the Chancellor appointed by? Who had to support this?
He was appointed from the Reichstag by the President. Had to be supported by the Reichstag.
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What system was in the Reichstag?
Proportional Representation - parties got the same proportion of seats as their proportion of votes
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What could all German people do?
Vote - they all had equal rights.
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What do some Historians argue made it harder for the Republic to cope with all the difficulties it had to face?
Weaknesses in the Constitution
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What was the weakness of all Germans having the right to vote?
In 1919, the republic had many enemies. It was not sensible to give equal rights to those who wished to destroy it.
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What was the weakness of proportional representation?
It encouraged lots of small parties which got a small number of MPs. No one party could get a majority so governments had to be coalitions. There could never be a strong government.
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What was the weakness of article 48?
The president had too much power. It was possible he could turn himself into a dictatorship.
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What was the weakness of each state having its own traditions, and keeping some control over their own affairs?
The states could be hostile to the national government and even try to other throw it.
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What did article 48 say?

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That in an emergency the president could make laws without going to the Reichstag first.

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