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Social, Political, and Economic Conditions of Wiemar Germany

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Ella Toupin

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Transcript of Social, Political, and Economic Conditions of Wiemar Germany

Weimar Germany Democracy
Social, Political, and Economic Conditions of Wiemar Germany
The aftermath of WWI caused a new government to arise in Weimar Germany. This Government was called the Weimar Republic. Throughout this democracy, there were three main parts that made it strong and sometimes weak. Social, Political, and Economic conditions contributed in huge ways, as war debt and inflation put Germany in a dire situation.
After WWI, opportunities for government alterations, as well as conflicts over the Treaty of Versailles arose among the political parties of Weimar's newely established government.
After WWI, financial struggles hit Weimar and the rest of Germany; the government had to take measures that did not always work in order to maintain the stability of the economy.
Inflation 1919-1924
Inflation is a general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money. Weimar experianced this in the most extreme of cases. Inflation caused hardships and job losses for all citizens of Weimar and the rest of Germany.
Golden Age 1924-1929
At this point, the Government had gotten loans from America to pay off it's war debts. A period of reletive peace swept through Germany.
Treaty of Versailles
The Treaty of Versailles was created by Britain, France, U.S., Russia, and Italy. The Treaty of Versailles was created to prevent Germany from growing in power. Germany had to pay all war debts and their military was limited greatly.
Political Parties
There were over thirty different political parties in the ballot system. Within these parties were Social Democrats, Nazis, and Communists. These parties did not always agree For instance, Social Democrats wanted to fulfill the requirements listed in the Treaty of Versailles while Nazis wanted to omit it and reagin the full power of Germany.
Throughout the society, minorities were created. Among these minorities were jews. Despite Jewish religion and culture having been respected by the government, Jews having respectable jobs and positions, there was still a lot of anti-semitism towards Judaism.
Despite the increase of human rights, education stability, and the raise of creativity, throughtout the society in Wemar Germany there were minorities; these minorities were often treated as less than the rest of the group.
WWI was a touchy subject in school and teachers generally avoided the topic.
School was based on facts and children were in grades based on skill.
Individuals of the community did not respect certain groups religion and culture.
Government outlined and respected all religion and culture.
Violent campaigns against minorities, among these minorities were jews.
Many anti-semitism groups against Jewish culture.
33 billion dollars to damage of war, follow treaty and repair Germany
could only have six battleships, no submarines, (had specific guidlines and permitions for their army)
Nazis wanted to get rid of Treaty of Versailles
Nazis wanted to try to cheat government for power
Social Democrats wanted to lower taxes and create jobs as well as get all unemployed citizens compensation
The Weimar Republic depended largely on it's citizens. Many things depended on society and the quality of this society was not too good. However, while discrimination and racism existed and were a big part of everyday life, creativity and the rights of all human beings still prevailed. Despit this, the overall condition of society was reletively poor and this may have affected how the political/government system ran.
All in all, there there was lots of controversy over the ways the government was run, as well as the Treaty of Versailles. Government was, and still is very important to a democracy. The quality of the government most likely affected the economy and how strong or unstable it was.
Government was borrowing heavily from other countries.
Eventually, the mark was at a value of 4,200,000,000,000 marks per every 1 U.S. dollar.
from 1924 until 1929
a time of great possibility when Germany achieved international acceptance
currency was stable and production and real income were on the rise
"successfully reformed the currency, unified tax policies and the railway system”
The economy was immensly important. However, it was in considerably poor shape and that ruined hundreds of peoples lives.
Education and Schooling
School was strict and fact based. Children often faced fierce concequences and intense schooling. Throughout the school system, history was taught to pupils. However, teachers generally avoided the topic of t WWI and instead focused on the Treaty of Versailles.
Arts were used to express feelings
and were a way for minorities to
express themselves in a world
where they were less than everybody.
Jews, Gays, and other minorities used the arts to show their differences and religions.
New Government
After WWI, there was a demand for a new government. This is how the democracy sprung into place.
Post WWI, there was a demand for a new and improved government.

Depression, 1929-1933
When the American stock marcket crashed, America recalled its loans. Americas loans had been what Germany was surviving on and this caused Germany to go into a deep depression.
WWI ended in 1918 and Democracy started 1919.
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