Treaty Of Versailles And The Weimar Constitution

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Some historians believe that the Treaty of Versailles is mainly responsible for the political and economic instability in Germany between 1919 and 1923. Which means that they, in turn, believe that both the alt right and alt right revolts, thousands of Germans dying from famine, the economy crashing in 1923 and ultimately the creation of Nazi Germany are all direct and immediate results of the Treaty of Versailles. While the are quite right some extent, it’s not as simple as that. The Treaty of Versailles lead to a snowballing of events which were ultimately finalised by the creation of Nazi Germany, however there are a multitude of other events that helped it come along nicely. This essay will explore the key points of the Treaty of Versailles,…show more content…
full of ingenious and admirable devices which seemed to guarantee the working of an almost flawless democracy’, read; On paper. In reality the Weimar Constitution had many flaws, it was, in order to simplify it, a democratic cover for a dictatorship, in which the president acted as some sort of a replacement Kaiser who got to decide when the people was right in its democratic vote and when it was wrong. When Ebert fended off communist revolutionaries by asking the Freikorps, German ex-soldiers from World War I, for help, he lost his credibility, as he was now indebted to the Freikorps. During the time between 1919 and 1923 there were both alt left and alt right tries to overthrow Germanys new government, none of them quite…show more content…
In January 1919, before the Treaty of Versailles was signed by the Germans, the Spartacists staged a revolution in Berlin which was crushed by the Freikorps after two weeks on behalf of Ebert, the President of the Weimar Constitution. Some Historians say that left wing extremists were never a real threat as they were unorganised and they were not supported by other left wing parties, to name two: the German Democratic Party and the Social Democratic Party of Germany. Other left wing revolts were crushed with the same efficiency, the Red rising in the Ruhr only lasting as long as a day. The afore named peaceful left wing parties were pro democratic government and found their supporters among middleclass men and
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