AQA GCSE History Unit 2 Section A ~ Weimar Germany 1919-1929

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AQA GCSE History Unit 2 Section A ~ Weimar Germany 1919-1929
  1. Origins of the Weimar Republic
    1. Autumn 1918 Germany had clearly lost the war and was in chaos
      1. Allies offered Germany peace under strict conditions but Kaiser refused and fled Ger.
        1. Socialist leader Freidrich Ebert became new leader of Republic of Germany.
          1. He immediately signed an armistice with the allies and war was over.
            1. In Jan 1919 free elections took place for the first time in German history
              1. Ebert was elected President of the Weimar Republic
                1. The new Weimar consitution gave Ger a near perfect democratic system
                  1. The Reichstag was elected and elections were to be held ever 4 years.
                    1. The president was elected every 7 years.
                      1. In practice it proved v difficult to get 1 party into power
                        1. In 1919 Reichstag had many enemies , the president had too much power (with his emergency powers)
                          1. Each party was allocated seats directly proportionate to the percentage of the vote they got, this resulted in many tiny parties with non strong enough to get a majority and therefore no gov to get the laws passed
      2. Effect of the TOV
        1. Had no choice but to sign the TOV & had unfortunate results
          1. New republic was immediately asscoiated with humiliating Treaty
            1. Opponents blamed gov for signing it, referred to gov as 'Nov criminals'
              1. Gov accused of stabbing Ger army in the back
                1. Ger could not afford to pay the reparations.
      3. Challenges to the Weimar
        1. Constantly under threat from extreme politcal groups
          1. Opposition from the left
            1. Communists known as Spartacists wanted a revolution similar to Russia's in 1918
              1. Jan 1919 communists led by Liebknecht and R Luxemburg seized power in Berlin and the Baltic ports.
                1. In Bavaria an independent socialist state was created under the leadership of Eisner.
                  1. But within weeks all revolts were crushed by regular troops and Freikorps.
                    1. The communist leaders were assassinated
            2. Opposition from the right
              1. Right wing opponents were people who liked having kaiser as a dictator
                1. Liked Ger having a strong army, wanted territory, an empire
                  1. March 1920 Dr Kapp led 500 Freikorps into Berlin in a rebellion known as the Kapp putsch
                    1. Army refused to fire on them, looked like Ebert's gov was doomed
                      1. Industrial workers of Berlin declared a general strike which brought the capital to a holt.
                        1. Kapp realized he could not win and fled but was hunted down and died awaiting trial
                          1. Seemed Weimar had support and power afterall.
                            1. Then in Nov 1923 Hitler led an attempted rebellion in Munich known as the Munich Putsch
                              1. Hitler got off with a very light prison sentence
          2. Economic problems
            1. As set out in the TOV Ger was to pay £6600 million in reparations
              1. 1st installment of £50 was paid in 1921, but in 1922 nothing was paid.
                1. Ebert tried to play for time but France grew impatient and Fr & Belg troops entered the Ruhr (illegally under the TOV) and began to claim what was owed to them in raw materials and goods.
                  1. Results of this v bad for Ger
                    1. Gov ordered the workers to go on strike but French reacted harshly killing over 100 workers and expelling 100000 protesters from the region
                      1. More importantly the halt in industrial production in Germany's most important region caused the collapse of the Ger Currency.
                        1. Because it has no goods to trade, gov printed money
                          1. It paid off its debts in worthless marks
                            1. Set off a chain reaction
                              1. With so much money in circulation, prices and wages rocketed but soon this money was worthless
                                1. Poor people suffered but greatest casualties were those with savings .
                                  1. Situation needed urgent action.
                                    1. In Aug 1923 a new Gov under Stresemann took over.
                                      1. He called off the strikes in the Ruhr.
                                        1. He called in the worthless marks, burned them, replacing them with a new currency called the Rentenmark.
                                          1. He negotiated to receive American loans under the Dawes plan
                                            1. Even negotiated the reparation payments ~ the economic crisis was solved quickly
                                              1. This could indicate that Germany's problems were not as severe as made out.
                                                1. Hyperinflation did a great deal of political damage to the Weimar gov.
            2. Stresemann
              1. As chancellor he tried to stabilize Germany's financial position.
                1. He became Foreign Minister in 1924 and was mainly responsible for the Dawes plan and German success abroad.
                  1. As foreign secretary he was responsible for several successes:
                    1. 1925 Ger signed the Locarno treaties with Br, Fr & It ~ these guaranteed Germany's frontiers with FR & BEl
                      1. 1926 Stresemann took Ger into LON
                        1. 1928 Ger signed Kellog-Briand Pact with 64 nations. It was agreed that they would keep their armies for self defence but solutions should be peaceful
                          1. However the economy was precarious as US loans could be called in at any time.
                    2. The Dawes plan in 1924 ~ in return for Ger restarting reparations, the USA agreed to lend Ger 800 million marks.
                      1. 1929 Young plan introduced which reduced reparations by 67%
                  2. Responsible for a revival in Ger Culture . Writers, painters, poets flourished esp. in Berlin
                    1. Golden age for Ger cinema and music
                      1. However, in many villages the cities represented a moral decline. Wandervogel movement opposed the revival of culture.
                    2. Politics had become more stable
                      1. But Nazis and communists were building up their party organisations
                        1. Most serious of all, German people elected Hindenburg as president as 1926 who opposed democracy.
                    3. Nazi Party Development
                      1. In 1919 Hitler joined the German Workers' party
                        1. Originally led by Anton Drexler who realised Hitler had talent and within months put him in charge of propaganda and political ideas.
                          1. In 1920 it announced its 25 point programme (the most important points were the abolition of the TOV, union of Germany and Austria, the exclusion of jews in particular)
                            1. He changed its name to the National Socialist German Workers' Party (NAZIS) and took over as leader in 1921.
                              1. He was a powerful speaker and was so successful that opponents tried to break them up, so he hired the SA in 1921 to protect and disrupt
                                1. By 1923 Nazis still a minority but Hitler given them a high profile.
                                  1. After Hitler was released from prison (after Munich Putsch) he decided to take power democratically and so in May 1924 they won 32 seats in the Reichstag elections
                                    1. They did a lot of propaganda etc but in 1928 they were still a minority party.
                                      1. When the Wall Street crash happened Germany was badly affected and then Hitlers ideas now had a special relevance.
                                        1. 25 point programme v attractive to those hit by depression.
                                          1. Nazis started to gain support.
                      2. Munich Putsch
                        1. Nov 1923, Hitler tried to topple the Weimar gov
                          1. It was preoccupied with an economic crisis (stresemann just called off the strike in the Ruhr)
                            1. 8th nov, Hitler hijacked a local gov meeting and announced he was taking over the gov of Bavaria, joined by Ludendorff
                              1. Nazi storm troopers took over official buildings, but next day Weimar gov hit back.
                                1. Police rounded up storm troopers and 16 nazis were killed, Hitler escaped
                                  1. Hitler miscalculated the mood of the German people, it was a disaster as people did not rise up to support him
                                    1. He was charged with treason but at the trial he gained enormous publicity for himself and his ideas, as his every word was reported in newspapers.
                                      1. Hitler was only imprisoned for 5 years for a crime which legally deserved a life sentence & in the end he only served 9 months in the comfort of a castle.
                                        1. He spent his sentence writing memoirs which were later published as Mein Kampf and in this book he outlined his views on German history, and its rightful place in the world.
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