The Collapse Of The Weimar Republic

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The collapse of the Weimar Republic did not transpire from one sole reason, but from numerous short and long term factors. The immediate impact of the Great Depression definitely catalyzed the demise of the Weimar constitution, however the social, political, and economic instabilities built up the tension that triggered the initial collapse. These underlying issues fuelled governmental weaknesses, encouraging the psychological discontent with the Republic. This atmosphere of disarray enabled the NAZI party to gain power, as they took advantage of the democratic flaws. With each incident that occurred accumulating tension within the republic, the Great Depression was ultimately the final event that the government could not withstand, causing the collapse to occur.

The Great Depression was not the primary reason for the collapse of the Weimar Republic, as it could have survived if they were able to make logical decisions. When the diktat of the Treaty of Versailles was signed by the ‘November Criminals’ in 1919, the government was making the most adverse decision in Germany’s history, and consequently it activated the collapse of the Weimar Republic. With Germany being a nationalistic country, a vast majority of the public felt betrayed by the government, as they lost many privileges, in addition to the demilitarization of the Rhineland, war guilt, and the Reichswehr being cut down to 100,000 men (Mtholyoke, n.d). This began the slowly growing hatred that the public had…
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