There was a huge uproar in Germany and the Weimar government called on workers to passively resist the French. The German people did this by going on a strike and refusing to co-operate with the French, this was a double blow for Germany as they were loosing both possessions from the Rhur but it was now also loosing all that the Rhur would have produced therefore making Germany even poorer. During this period of time over 100 German workers died due to these demonstrations. 1923 was also a difficult year for the Weimar Republic because of hyperinflation. Hyperinflation happened because Germany owed so much money due to reparations of the war, it simply thought that it would just be able to print more money, but when a government prints money that it does not have the value of money decreases and prices go up.
These workers were also crippled but enlightened by industrialisation meaning that again opposition increased. Because the government was putting as much money as possible into industrialising, wages stayed very low, causing many workers to live in horrific cramped conditions, which were prone to widespread disease due to the overcrowding. Taxes increased, worsening the workers financial problems and after being told that their hardship was to fund industrialisation for an eventual better Russia for everyone, in 1902 there was an industrial slump, which made it seem to the workers that their efforts were in vain. This increased opposition because the workers were looking for someone to
Workers in the Industry in the 1880’s, had a lot of problems with wages and the horrible working conditions. Many people felt it was a major problem and people didn’t want to deal with these dismal conditions and these ridiculously low wages. There was an American Labor movement which included communist, anarchist, and socialist. Many of these labor radicals were immigrants. They believed that the Capitalist system should be taken apart because it exploited the workers.
Some were denied the right to fight, and made to be cooks and cleaners; those who did make it on the front line were given worse training than the white soldiers and were also given worse equipment. Some of the black soldiers were so appalled by the treatment that they received, that there where riots in protest. What made matters worse was, the enemies that the United states (along with the allied countries) where Hitler’s Nazi’s, and they were extremely
They also wanted to create a democratic government in their zones, which had over two-thirds of the German population and most of its heavy industry in it. The Soviets weren’t trying as hard. They had turned their zone into a communist state like themselves, and like the other counties they had come to occupy after the war, and weren’t making as much of an effort on rebuilding the economy. These and other differences between democracy and communism, or the Western Allies and the Soviets caused many problems. On June 21, 1948 the Western powers decided to unite their zones, with the goal of forming a West German state in the next year.
Those people suffered badly and eventually died. Because of this, many children fought their lives without their fathers, which led to families’ financial problems. Economically, many labourers got drunk and so they could not perform the job properly. The absence from work each week was very high, therefore the company was less efficient. The company could not afford to produce the same products in the time that they should and the industrialists were not satisfied.
The unpopularity of the Diem Regime was a factor which lead to the escalation of US involvement due to the Regime denying the people their rights. The Regime persecuted the Buddhist majority of 80%, even going as far as to ban Buddha's birthday, which clearly made Diem unpopular with a vast majority of the population of South Vietnam. The regime caused further resentment from the South Vietnamese people through forcibly relocating 70% of the peasant population under the 'strategic hamlet programme'. The programme was intended to lower the number of VC insurgents. This was completely unnecessary and ineffective as we know that many of the VC were in fact the peasants themselves.
The Progressivism social reform movements became thwarted by isolationism and conservative fears over The Red Scare. After World War I, Communism had been cropping up in many countries and many became fearful and paranoid of an uprising/plans for a takeover, as was feared happening across the seas. At the time, the labor union movement in America was strong and at 103% interest inflation rate for the cost of living, the economy was in turmoil giving laborers fair reason to strike against the business class who worked them under inhumane conditions for inadequate pay. The wealthy class became entirely distrustful of their lower class counterparts and in their eyes; workers were not to be trusted. In order to prevent a union uprising, like those that were happening overseas in Russia, many union leaders received unconstitutional treatment, many who were native born were jailed, while those who were born elsewhere were often deported.
2. Describe German reactions to the Treaty of Versailles? The German reaction to the Treaty of Versailles was one of outrage, they felt in many ways that they had been harshly treated and their punishment was unjust. The Germans had lost 10% of its land, meaning Germans were disbanded from German and ended up in new countries for which they didn’t speak the language. It had also loss a large portion of the working population, which meant it would be near impossible for their economy to get going again, especially when they had been forced to pay reoperations of 6000 million.
Private farms were taken over and the collectivisation process happened. This upset farmers as their traditional ways and values of farms were exploited and collectivisation led to shortages in food- leading to rationing. In the early 1950’s, many farmers fled and moved west. This shows that communism was not working because many civilians were unhappy and the idea of making farms state-owned had ruined the ways that the farms worked and led to food shortages for East Germany. This shows that the SED were bad at increasing the economy and it made communism look weak.