Account for the Success and Failures of the Weimar Republic (Germany 1919-1934)
Account for the successes and failures of democracy in Germany in the period 1919-1934.
The crippling aftermath of World War 1 had a devastating impact on the German economy, society, and political system was devastating. Reparations had to be paid to the Allies, hyperinflation was reaching senseless levels, and unemployment was high. The nation was angry, resentful, and almost every move made by their leaders was criticised. The traditional monarch, the Kaiser, was abdicated from his throne and fled the nation. This resulted in the foundation of a more contemporary and unfamiliar system of government – democracy; which had periods of prosperity and success as well as catastrophe and failure. The …show more content…
The political structure of the Weimar Republic was met with a number of key weaknesses and was ultimately a failure in terms of democracy. Theoretically, many of its policies sound advantageous and they protect the rights of the citizens. But practically, they allow people in high positions and parties to gain too much power and control. The proportional voting system