The Establishment of Revolutionary Changes in Germany After World War One

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The Establishment of Revolutionary Changes in Germany After World War One

In 1918 people in Germany were shattered by the unexpected defeat of the First World War. As the war ended the German emperor, the Kaiser, abdicated and early in 1919 Germanys politicians drew up what has often been described as the most democratic constitution in the world.

The revolutionary changes after the war were vast. The importance of the First World War in shaping Germany's historical development is large; A German victory in 1918 would have certainly defused the crisis and in doing so retarded the process of political reform for a generation or more. It plowed Germanyinto economic crisis, causing hyperinflation
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The people wanted this new civilian government and this provides a strong basis to the argument that there were drastic revolutionary changes in Germany after world war one.

The fundamental; constituent changes have been often called a revolution however some historians would argue that this is a real exaggeration. The Reichstag never really seemed to want to make a massive impact on the events of Germanyfor example; in October 1918 the Reichstag adjourned on 5 October and went into recess until 22 October, when it adjourned again until 9 November. These were hardly the actions of an institution that wanted to shape events decisively. What pushed Germany from such a short space of time from small political reforms towards a revolution was the public realization that the war was indeed lost. The constituency they had with a Prince as chancellor and a civilian government would not be enough to stop a truly revolutionary situation.

Prince Max's government began to loose control when sailors started to mutiny in Kielin October 31, which had been prompted by a real fear that their officers were intent on a suicide sortie to redeem the honor of the navy. News of the mutiny encouraged the creation of a series of sailors, soldiers, and workers councils throughout Germany. These challenged the authority of the state,
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