Describe the Problems the Weimar Republic Faced in the Early 1920’s

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The Weimar Republic faced a lot of problems during the 1920’s. Germany had just been defeated in the First World War and the Government that had just come into power had no other choice but to sign the Armistice. The German people was angered by this because they believed that they had been ‘stabbed in the back’ which I will explain later in this essay. There was then a peach group that was formed called The Treaty of Versailles but this Treaty didn’t look favourably on Germany and made German pay huge reparations which were around £6600 million pounds as well as taking 13% of their land away from the Germans.
I think the largest problem the Weimar Republic faced was The Treaty of Versailles. The Treaty was received very badly within
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Germany started to struggle keeping up with the reparations to the Allies that they had promised to pay because of The Treaty of Versailles. It was in 1922 that Germany announced that they could no longer keep up to the payments which resulted in 6000 French and Belgium troops marched into the Ruhr. These troops seized control of all the mines, factories and railways within Germany. The German government told the German workers not to co-operate with the French and Belgium troops and ordered all German workers to strike. The German workers did as the government told them and went on strike. This was a passive resistance. The government had promised that they workers who striked would still be payed for striking. This all links to the Treaty of Versailles because they told Germany they had to pay the reparations and because Germany couldn’t afford to keep up with them was the reason why France invaded the Ruhr. The invasion of the Ruhr also links to political violence because the red rising of the Ruhr was an important reason why the German workers were turning their back and going against the Government.
The German people in the 1920’s believed they were ‘stabbed in the back’. The stab in the back was the theory that the German people widely believed in right-wing circles in Germany after 1918, that the German Army did not lose the First
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