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To What Extent Was The Effective Government Of Germany In The Years 1919 – 1933 Handicapped By The Nature Of The Weimar Constitution?

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Many events through the years 1919 – 1933 handicapped the effectiveness of the government of Germany, for example, the hyperinflation effected the government on many grounds as the value of their currency fell as well as the public being angry that the Treaty allowed this to happen. The signing of the Treaty of Versailles also effected the government as the lost a lot support as the majority of the nation were angry at them as they believed that they didn’t need to sign the treaty. Other factors that contributed to handicapped the government were the threat from the extreme right and left as they were gaining support from the public therefore it was becoming easier for them to possibly ...view middle of the document...

This effected the government because the Weimar constitution didn’t have full support inside parliament which would make passing laws and doing that the constitution wanted to do difficult.
The Treaty of Versailles also handicapped the government of Germany as many Germans blamed the democratic politicians for the loss of the war. This lead to the ‘stab in the back’ myth which falsely portrayed the cause of the German defeat in the war. When the treaty was signed, this caused outrage throughout Germany and was widely reviled a dictated peace because as part of the treaty, Germany had to restrict their army to 100,000 men and have only six battleships. This handicapped the government because lack of public support for the democracy and in the 1920 elections, the support for the Weimer Constitution feel to 45% of the German population, this was a problem because other parties were getting votes and public supports which could mean that the Weimer Constitution could easily be over thrown which attempted to happen in 1920 where the far right tried to overthrow the republic by force, fortunately for the republic, Kapp and Luttwitz failed to gain support from others who were anti – republican and SPD – led general strike in defence of the Republic also contributed to the Kapp Putsch’s uprisings failure. The Treaty of Versailles did handicap the effectiveness of the German government because many Germans blamed the Weimer constitution and many Germans also shared the far rights view that Germany should have refused to sign the treaty therefore, the constitution was fragile as many people didn’t support them.
The economic problems in Germany the years 1919 – 1933 handicapped the effectiveness of the German government because the German public were angry at the constitution as the inflation happened because Germany had to pay off the war so they borrowed and printed off more money. This then lead to the suffering of the German people as the cost of...

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