The Weimar Government In Germany In The Weimar Republic

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After the abdication of the Kaiser in 1918, Germany became a republic led by President Ebert of the SPD, with its new constitution designed to avoid a dictatorial style leadership. However, elements of the constitution such as proportional representation, the army oath, Article 48 and democracy made it difficult for the Republic to succeed. According to the Weimar Constitution, the franchise was based on the principal of proportional representation. This meant that each party was allocated seats in the Reichstag proportionally to the number of people who had voted for them. To another extent, this implied that a lot of parties had a right of implication in governmental decisions. To this, dozens of tiny parties had a voice and no party was strong enough to get a majority when passing a law; this created weak coalition governments which were unable to pass effective laws during a time of crisis. An example of this would be the period of 1929 to 1933 when the Wall Street Crash happened. The Wall Street Crash enabled the Great Depression to happen, in which millions of Germans were unemployed and homeless. Effective measures couldn´t be taken because every party had a different opinion on what to do. A solution or something to make the crisis easier couldn 't be agreed on. Attempts for solutions such as the Müller government and Brüning government were both unsuccessful and even helped the Nazi party to come to power. The Müller government was the first one to try out

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