What Were the Problems Facing Germany in Late 1918 and 1919?

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What were the problems facing Germany in late 1918 and 1919? Germany faced numerous problems, every one varying in extremity. The loss of the war was naturally a large problem which created many spin-off issues, such as an unpleasant living environment, a worsening economy and naturally the deflation of the German peoples pride and spirit, due to propaganda they were fed with news that their army was excelling in the war, when in reality the exact opposite was occurring. Germany also was managing many other problems such as economic and socialist problems, unemployment was growing and many were living in poverty, not enough healthcare was being supplied, the country was divided and could not collectively manage a way to move forward, they had fought for 4 years and now needed something else to believe in. Germanys list of problems at this time was only growing. Losing WW1 caused many problems in itself as one might expect, never mind the Treaty of Versailles that was to follow. The most prominent socio-economic effects were most naturally the casualties, 2 million Germans were killed and a further 6 million were injured, also the increasing number of civilian deaths due to hypothermia and starvation. The reason these deaths increased, was due to food and fuel shortages caused by the cold winter of 1916-17. In these winter months there were signs of the country’s morale and unity breaking, it was not helped when Germany was hit with an influenza epidemic, wiping out 20-40 million, the resistance to the disease was lowered due to decline in living conditions. Inflation was also a problem facing Germany after the war, the people were forced to work longer hours, but wages still fell below the inflation rate. As a result of these effects social discontent grew, and anger was expressed at sharks of the industry who appeared to be making money from the war. The
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