The Fall of the Weimar Republic

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The eventual collapse of the weimar Republic was brought upon by many factors and even though there is much disagreement among historians about the eventuall trigger, there is a general consencous on the factors leading to the downfall of German democracy. One of the views carried by historians is the Determinist view which basically states that the conditions under which the Republic was created far too extreme and the structure of the republic was serverely weakened, so much so that its downfall was inevitable. The other view was the Alternate view which while acknowledging the structual weaknesses of the Republic, states that the republic had the ability and reselience to recover, but instead lacked sufficient political leadership and a lack of determination to see through their troubles. One of the triggers of the collapse of the weiman republic was article 48 of the German constitution, which granted the president with emergency powers which allowed him to assume full control of the country. This trigger is held highly among determinist historians as one of the reasons the republic was doomed to fail from the start. Article 48 was a major flaw in the constitution as it compeletely ignored the point of democracy, effectively turning the country into an autocratic rule. This left the country at the mercy of the President, and effectively bypassed the whole point of having a democracy entirely. This is one of the direct causes of the downfall of the democracy as it was this very article that granted President Hindenburg power to hire Adolf Hitler as chancellor against the concensus of the reichstag. It was this that was to be the final nail in the coffin of the Weimar Republic and therefore is one of the reasons for the downfall of the Republic. Another reason for the eventual collapse of the weimar republic was the outcome of WWI, including the actions
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