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Weimar Influence On Germany

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The German army (The Reichswehr) contributed to the considerable social, political and economic changes that took place in Germany between 1919 and 1934. The German army was one of the strongest nationalistic organisations in the country following WWI and became essential in the Weimar Republic, providing defense against revolutionary communist forces in the early stages of the democracy. However, while the German army aided in preventing the success of communist uprisings and the strong right wing situations that prevented the attacks on the right wing assaults, Weimar militarism was a key contributing factor to increasing political chaos surrounding the final moments of the Weimar democracy.

The social influence of the signing of The Treaty
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The right wing army in the short term had little sympathy for the new republic, it was ready to support a moderate left wing socialist government against elements which threatened the stability of the republic. General Groener’s command, to “put itself at the government’s disposal”. Although in the long term the pact allowed the German army to retain its influence and become an ideal political force in the future of the republic. The failure of the treaty was foreseen through the Allies as they were attempting to solve the problem towards Germany and allowed the Army to retain its considerable influence and in fact became a major force in the future of the Republic. Paul Von Hindenburg was a German military officer, statesman and politicians who served as President of Germany who publicized the argument that the treaty should not have been signed as it lead to war guilt and national humiliation and psychological disillusionment, “Germany accepts the responsibility of Germany and her allies for causing all the loss and damage… a consequence of the war imposed upon them by the aggression of Germany and her…show more content…
Weimar Germany came into power in an environment of severe external pressure, creating a political crisis. Political betrayal and injustice trigged revolutionary coups throughout 1920 that intended to bring about the downfall of the Weimar Republic. The political issues led to the rise of Hitler and strengthening of the right, which the development of a powerful military state was altered by need of Hitler for the Army in order to remain in power. The Rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party was promised the development of a powerful military state with the incorporation of building up the army despite restrictions placed by Allies. Adolf Hitler knew that he needed support of the German army to remain in power. The political party was an anti-Marxist and opposed to the democratic post-war government of the Weimar Republic and the Treaty of Versailles. The army budget increased 75% in the period between 1923-6 due to the political influence from Seeckt. Hindenburg the major army leader oversaw a situation that implied a threat that led Hitler to order the ‘Night of the Long Knives’, which saw dozens of people arrested and killed. The Reichswehr leadership was conciliated and their confidence in Hitler reinforced, “all those who would like to fight us, now serve us – in the Reichswehr”. Hitler however achieved army support, which eliminated the potential threat
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