The Main Threats to the Stability of the Weimar Republic in the Period 1919 to 1923 Were Economic Rather Than Political’- How Far Do You Agree?

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There were a number of key threats to the Weimar Republic in the period 1919 to 1923. To an extent one could argue that a major threat to the Republic was the severe economic crisis Germany had to endure after the war. The First World War left Germany with high inflation as much of the cost of the war had been financed by increasing the money supply and the German currency consequently declining in its value. For example, 1923, 4.2 trillion marks were needed to buy $1. The harsh reparation payments by the Treaty Of Versailles ( £6600 million) was indeed a threat to the Weimar Republic. However, there was low unemployment of 17% and a growth in foreign investment. This economic crisis led to a more extreme political threat within German and therefore should be considered as more significant. There a high amount of tension between parties, and strikes between both the Left and the Right were becoming ever more apparent due to the lack of faith within the government. In fact the groups within the right such as the Freikorps and consul organisation showed an increasing amount of violence because of their lack of support on democracy, which of course created a tremendous threat to the Weimar Republic. To an extent one could argue that the economy was a major threat to the stability of the Weimar Republic in the period 1919-1923 due to the severe reparation payments. The Treaty of Versailles stipulated that Germany had to pay reparations for the damage which was caused in WW1. The poor leadership and economic problems consequently led to a German defeat. In 1921, the total amount of reparations was set at 269 billion gold marks. Consequently, in order to to keep up with reparations and pay them off Germany started printing out money. In fact by 1923, 300 paper mills and 150 printing presses worked day and night to create paper currency which ultimately led to
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