Why Was the Weimar Republic Unpopular in 1919-1923?

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The Weimar Republic was created in 1918 after the Kaiser fell from power. The fact that he took over from the Kaiser angered the richer Germans who liked the Kaiser’s rule and wanted a monarchy back. Germany had never had a democracy before and people were used to being told what to do. Many were very suspicious and unsure about the new government. The Weimar Republic had signed the Treaty of Versailles, 1919, which increased their unpopularity. The Germans hated the Treaty because they saw it as accepting the blame for causing the First World War and admitting defeat. Also, the Treaty came with very harsh including paying reparations of £660 million to Britain and France. The people of Germany did not understand why the government signed this questioned whether they wanted the best for Germany. The hatred for the Weimar Republic kept on growing and this led to the Kapp Putsch, 1920. This was a right wing attempt to overthrow the government by a group of 12,000 freikorps led by Wolfgang Kapp. The Freikorps forced the government to leave and Kapp tried to setup his own government. Although the Weimar Republic were unpopular, the worker s of Berlin organised a strike against Kapp and the Republic returned. In 1921 Germany began to pay reparations and inflation began to get out of control. Two years later France and Belgium invaded the Ruhr and the hyperinflation was now out of control. The German people felt that this was the governments fault, thus they continued to grow
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