Was the Weimar Republic Fatally Flawed?

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Was the Weimar Republic Fatally Flawed? To understand the above question posed we must consider what caused the new republic to be declared, and also what foundations remained intact for the eventual collapse of this cotemporary government. Before discussing the Weimar Republic we must go back to the end of World War one to understand what brought about this new Republic. Towards the end of World War one, the morale within the army and in Germany collapsed. A series of small defeats prompted strikes throughout Germany. A significant example is that of The Sailors at the Kiel naval base mutinied rather than sail for a final confrontation with the British Navy. Soldiers, sailors and workers formed councils with echoes of events in the new Communist Russia. The joining of the U.S.A. on the side of allies was the final nail in the coffin for the defeat of Germany. Due to the lack of morale, war weariness and economic crisis the unrest was beginning to form a dangerous revolution. (J Hite & C Hinton. 2000) Fearing for his life and under the advice of his Supreme Commander General Ludendorff William II the Kaiser of Germany handed over his power to a civilian government thereby abdicating his throne. He then left Germany and went into exile in Holland, where he lived until 1941. The new regime headed by Prince Max, attempted some reforms but ultimately this was ineffective due to the discontent and anger within the population of the failed war. Under extreme pressure of a full-scale revolution breaking out, Prince Max announced the former Kings abdication and stepped down from his position, giving the chancellorship to the socialist leader Friedrich Ebert. (J Hite & C Hinton. 2000) A republic was then proclaimed by Phillip Schneidemann to cheering crowds, the first point of business for the new government was to sign the armistice with the Allies. This was
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